Geology B.S.

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
GEOL   1121
GEOL   1122
Introduction to the Earth
and General Historical Geology 1,2
7
Select 4 additional credit hours from Area D2 of the Core Curriculum4
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
CHEM   1145Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM   1146Principles of Chemistry II4
MATH   1441Calculus I 33
MATH   2242Calculus II 43
or STAT   2231 Introduction to Statistics I
BIOL   1130General Biology3
BIOL   1110General Biology Laboratory1
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
Orientation
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Specific Requirements
Carry over from Area D (1)1
Carry over from Area F (1 -2)1-2
PHYS   1111Introduction to Physics I4
or PHYS   2211 Principles of Physics I
PHYS   1112Introduction to Physics II4
or PHYS   2212 Principles of Physics II
Major Requirements
GEOL   3520Field Methods2
GEOL   3541Mineralogy4
GEOL   3542Petrology and Petrography4
GEOL   4120Introduction to Research2
GEOL   5142Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOL   5440Structural Geology4
Guided Elective 56
Select Option 1 or Option 2 below:6
Option 1 6
Senior Thesis Research I
Senior Thesis Research II
Option 2
6 credit hours of 3000-level or above Geology electives (May include no more than 2 credit hours of GEOL   3790 - Teaching Internship in Geology. GEOL   5230 - Earth Science and GEOL   5231 - Oceanography may not be used to fulfill upper-level course requirements in the major.)
Electives
Select 14-15 credit hours of Electives14-15
Foreign Language (2001 Level)
Select 3 credit hours of Foreign Language3
Total Credit Hours126
1

The listed courses are recommended in Area D

2

 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. 

3

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.  

3

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. 

5

NOTE: Guided elective must be a 6 credit hour Geology field course - permission of advisor required

6

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.

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 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.

Advisement

COSM Advisement Center
Engineering Building, Room 1116
(912) 478-0649

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.