Geology B.A.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
MATH   1112College Trigonometry3
or MATH   1113 Pre-Calculus
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Students must complete CHEM   1145, CHEM   1146, GEOL   1121, and GEOL   1122 if not taken in Area D
CHEM   1145Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM   1146Principles of Chemistry II4
GEOL   1121Introduction to the Earth4
GEOL   1122General Historical Geology4
Carryover from Area D1
Select from the following:1
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Calculus I
Calculus II
Introduction to Physics I
Introduction to Physics II
Introduction to Statistics I
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
Geology Requirements
GEOL   3541Mineralogy4
GEOL   3542Petrology and Petrography4
GEOL   5142Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOL   5440Structural Geology4
Geology Electives - (3000 level and above)9
Select 14-20 credit hours of Electives14-20
Foreign Language (2002 Level)
Select 0-6 credit hours of Foreign Language0-6
Minor: Must be approved by advisor
Select 15 credit hours of Minor15
Total Credit Hours126

Program Requirements

  • Geology majors must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA across all Geology coursework (any course with GEOL prefix).

Honors in Geology

Students majoring in Geology (BS or BA) may pursue an Honors in Geology program.  Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.2 after 45 credit hours of coursework and approval of Geology and Geography faculty to commence the Honors program.

To graduate with Honors in Geology, a student must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a 3.2 in a minor.
  • Complete a senior thesis (BA or BS degree) with a minimum grade of “B” in Senior Thesis Research II (GEOL   4831). The thesis will be supervised by a Geology/Geography faculty member.
  • Complete Introduction to Research (GEOL   4120), Senior Thesis Research I (GEOL   4830), and Senior Thesis Research II (GEOL   4831) (3 semester research sequence) for a total of 8 credit hours. A minimum grade of “B” is required in Introduction to Research (GEOL   4120) to continue the research sequence.
  • Present a departmental seminar on the thesis research.


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