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Bachelor of Arts in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts serves students interested in geology-oriented fields which do not require the full range of professional training. Employment opportunities include such varied possibilities as: park naturalist, urban and regional planner or geological technician.

What will I study?

Required Core Courses:

GEOL 120 Physical Geology - The Solid Earth (5)
GEOL 121 Physical Geology - Surficial Processes (5)
GEOL 122 Historical Geology (5)
GEOL 311 Earth Materials (4)
GEOL 312 Crystallography and Optical Mineralogy (4)
GEOL 313 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)

Required Supporting Courses:

CHEM 151 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 152 General Chemistry (5)
Choose one from the following:
BIOL 171 Biology I (4)
GEOG 328 Geographic Information Systems I (5)
GEOG 410 Geomorphology (5)
MATH 161 Calculus I (5)
MATH 380 Elementary Probability and Statistics (5)
PHYS 131 Introductory Physics I (4)
and PHYS 161 Mechanics Laboratory (1)

Electives: 20 elective credits required

GEOL 220 Environmental geology (4)
GEOL 330 Structural Geology I (4)
GEOL 331 Structural Geology II (4)
GEOL 360 Geologic Hazards (4)
GEOL 408 Invertebrate Paleontology (4)
GEOL 411 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
GEOL 470 Hydrogeology (4)
Geology field course (up to 5 credits)

Note: Two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single foreign language at college level is required for this major. Grade requirement-2.0 in each course; 2.5 cumulative average.

University graduation requirement: 60 credits upper division

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Emphases / Concentrations:

  • develop effective skills in oral and written communication in order to be successful in the field of geology;
  • understand basic principles of the history and development of the earth through time;
  • learn and demonstrate the proper use of office, laboratory and field equipment used in the field of geology.

What could I do with my degree?

  • park naturalist
  • urban and regional planner
  • geological technician
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