Geology B.A.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A – E)42
Area A2 -- Must take MATH   1112, MATH   1113 or MATH   1441
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Students must complete CHEM   1211K, CHEM   1212K, GEOL   1121, and GEOL   1122 if not taken in Area D
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Introduction to the Earth ( (if not taken in Area D1))
General Historical Geology ((if not taken in Area D2))
Select from the following:
Concepts of Biology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory (or BIOL   1110L)
Calculus I
Calculus II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Elementary Statistics
Major Requirements25
Petrology and Petrography
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Structural Geology
Geology Electives (Must include 9 credit hours of GEOL 3000-level or above)
Must include at least 5 credit hours of upper-division (3000-level and above) coursework
Foreign Language (2002 Level)0-9
Completion through 2002-level Foreign Language 1
Minor: Must be approved by advisor15
Select 15 credit hours of Minor coursework
Total Credit Hours124

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:

  • Be admitted to the Honor College;
  • Complete Senior Thesis Research II (GEOL   4831) with a grade of B or higher;
  • Complete Introduction to Research (GEOL   4120) (with a grade of B or higher), Senior Thesis Research I (GEOL   4830), and Senior Thesis Research II (GEOL   4831) for a total of 8  credit hours;
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • Be in good standing in the Honor College at the time of graduation.


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