Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours
See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.
|Area A1 - Communication Skills|
|Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum||6|
|Area A2 - Quantitative Skills|
|MATH 1112||College Trigonometry||3|
|or MATH 1113||Pre-Calculus|
|Area B - Global Engagement|
|Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum||4|
|Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics|
|Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum||6|
|Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology|
& GEOL 1122
|Introduction to the Earth|
and General Historical Geology 1,2
|Select 4 additional credit hours from Area D2 of the Core Curriculum||4|
|Area E - Social Sciences|
|Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum||12|
|Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major|
|CHEM 1145||Principles of Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 1146||Principles of Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 1441||Calculus I 3||3|
|MATH 2242||Calculus II 4||3|
|or STAT 2231||Introduction to Statistics I|
|BIOL 1130||General Biology||3|
|BIOL 1110||General Biology Laboratory||1|
|Health and Physical Education Activities|
|HLTH 1520||Healthful Living||2|
|Physical Education Activities||2|
|FYE 1220||First-Year Seminar||2|
|Carry over from Area D (1)||1|
|Carry over from Area F (1 -2)||1-2|
|PHYS 1111||Introduction to Physics I||4|
|or PHYS 2211||Principles of Physics I|
|PHYS 1112||Introduction to Physics II||4|
|or PHYS 2212||Principles of Physics II|
|GEOL 3520||Field Methods||2|
|GEOL 3542||Petrology and Petrography||4|
|GEOL 4120||Introduction to Research||2|
|GEOL 5142||Stratigraphy and Sedimentation||4|
|GEOL 5440||Structural Geology||4|
|Guided Elective 5||6|
|Select Option 1 or Option 2 below:||6|
|Option 1 6|
|Senior Thesis Research I|
|Senior Thesis Research II|
|Select 14-15 credit hours of Electives||14-15|
|Foreign Language (2001 Level)|
|Select 3 credit hours of Foreign Language||3|
|Total Credit Hours||126|
The listed courses are recommended in Area D
While Introduction to the Earth (GEOL 1121) and General Historical Geology (GEOL 1122) together are 8 credit hours, only 7 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area D. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Specific Requirements.
While Calculus I (MATH 1441) is 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area F. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Specific Requirements.
While Calculus II (MATH 2242) is 4 credit hours, only 3 credit hours will count toward fulfilling Area F. The remaining credit hour will be applied toward Specific Requirements.
NOTE: Guided elective must be a 6 credit hour Geology field course - permission of advisor required
Students pursuing Option 1 must have a minimum grade of B in Introduction to Research (GEOL 4120) and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher upon completion of Introduction to Research (GEOL 4120), or permission of the Department Chair.
- 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 Honors in Geology. 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) (senior thesis 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.
COSM Advisement Center
Engineering Building, Room 1116
Senior thesis research is advised by Geology Faculty in the Department of Geology and Geography, College of Science and Mathematics, Herty Building, Phone: (912) 478-5361.