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Bachelor of Science in Geology

The Bachelor of Science Program prepares students for careers as professional geologists, provides the basis for admission to graduate school, and prepares students seeking registration and licensing as professional geologists. Some courses in the BS degree will also count as natural science GECRs.

What will I study?

Required Courses: 89-94 credits

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)
GEOL 430 Structural Geology I (4)
GEOL 431 Structural Geology II (4)
GEOL 408 Invertebrate Paleontology (4)
GEOL 411 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
CHEM 151 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 152 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 153 General Chemistry (5)
MATH 161 Calculus I (5)
MATH 162 Calculus II (5) or MATH 380 Elementary Probability and Statistics (5)
GEOG 323 GIS for Environmental Science (3)
GEOL 490 Geology Field Camp (10)

Choose one of the following sequences: 12-15 credits

PHYS 151 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 152 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 153 General Physics III (4)
PHYS 161 Mechanics Lab (1)
PHYS 162 Heat and Optics Lab (1)
PHYS 163 Instrumentation Lab I (1)
OR
PHYS 131 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHYS 132 Introductory Physics II (4)
PHYS 133 Introductory Physics III (4)
PHYS 161 Mechanics Lab (1)
PHYS 162 Heat and Optics Lab (1)
PHYS 163 Instrumentation Lab I (1)
OR
BIOL 171 Biology I (4)
BIOL 172 Biology II (4)
BIOL 173 Biology III (4)

Electives: 12 credits

Select credits from Geology courses, eight of which must be upper-division.

Note: The BS major does not require the completion of a minor. Some courses in the BS degree will also count as Natural Science GECRs and satisfy the university proficiency in Mathematics requirement. Grade requirement-2.0 in each course; 2.5 cumulative average. University graduation requirement: 60 credits of upper division coursework.

Click here for a summary of degree requirments and a sample 4-year plan

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • develop effective oral and written communication skills necessary for employment in the various fields of geology;
  • develop critical thinking skills to solve geological problems encountered in the various fields of geology;
  • understand and be able to use the tools and equipment available to professional geologists to solve geological problems;
  • have a solid understanding of geologic principles and processes that operate in the complex systems of the earth.
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