Bachelor of Arts in Geology

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In the Bachelor of Arts in Geology Program, you’ll get a strong foundation in geology. You’ll also study general chemistry, biology, and introductory physics. In addition, you’ll choose from a variety of geology electives that cover topics such as environmental geology, paleontology, hydrogeology and more.

For more information, contact a program advisor:

Jennifer Thomson, PhD: jthomson@ewu.edu
Chad Pritchard, PhD: cpritchard@ewu.edu

Course Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Geology Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

Notes: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

Grade Requirement: ≥2.50 cumulative average, ≥C in required supporting and geology classes.

Required Courses
GEOL 120PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - THE SOLID EARTH5
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - SURFICIAL PROCESSES5
GEOL 122HISTORICAL GEOLOGY5
GEOL 297WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR1
GEOL 311EARTH MATERIALS4
GEOL 320ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
or GEOL 360 GEOLOGIC HAZARDS
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 171
171L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
5
or CHEM 161 GENERAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES
Choose one from the following5
BIOLOGY I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
CALCULUS I
ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
and MECHANICS LABORATORY
Electives–choose from the following24
GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
GIS SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND OPTICAL MINERALOGY
IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY
INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY I
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY II
GEOLOGY FIELD TRIP
HYDROGEOLOGY
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OF SOILS: INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
DIRECTED STUDY
Required Capstone
GEOL 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP4-10
or GEOL 490A SENIOR CAPSTONE: WATER AND THE WEST, WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING IN ARID LANDS
or GEOL 490B CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
or GEOL 491 SENIOR THESIS
Total Credits62-68

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Geology from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • apply geological principles that operate in the complex systems of the Earth;
  • demonstrate effective scientific communication skills necessary in order to be successful in the field of geology;
  • demonstrate the proper use of the tools and equipment available to geologists to solve geological problems;
  • describe geological processes that operate in the complex systems of the Earth.