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 Major
Students must complete CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, GEOL 1121, and GEOL 1122 if not taken in Area D
CHEM   1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
or CHEM   1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM   1212KPrinciples of Chemistry II4
or CHEM   1212
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
GEOL   1121Introduction to the Earth ( (if not taken in Area D1))0-4
GEOL   1122General Historical Geology ((if not taken in Area D2))1-4
Select from the following:2-9
Concepts of Biology
and Concepts of Biology Laboratory (or BIOL   1110L)
Calculus I
Calculus II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Elementary Statistics
Major Requirements
GEOL   3541Mineralogy4
GEOL   3542Petrology and Petrography 4
GEOL   5142Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GEOL   5440Structural Geology4
Geology Electives (Must include 9 credit hours of GEOL 3000-level or above)9
Must include at least 5 credit hours of upper-division (3000-level and above) coursework11-20
Foreign Language (2002 Level)
Completion through 2002-level Foreign Language 10-9
Minor: Must be approved by advisor
Select 15 credit hours of Minor coursework15
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 University Honors Program;
  • 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 University Honors Program at the time of graduation.