Geology B.S.

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
Area DII -- Must take MATH 1441 if not taken in Area A2 above
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
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 0,4
GEOL   1122General Historical Geology 13
BIOL   1103Concepts of Biology3
Additional hours as necessary may be substituted from Major Specific Courses listed below
Major Specific Requirements
Carry over from MATH   1441 Calculus I in Area A or Area D1
Carry over from GEOL   1122 General Historical Geology in Area F1
BIOL   1103LConcepts of Biology Laboratory1
or BIOL   1110L Concepts of Biology Trad. Lab
MATH   2242Calculus II 3
or STAT   2231 Introduction to Statistics I
PHYS   1111KIntroductory Physics I0,4
or PHYS   2211K Principles of Physics I
PHYS   1112KIntroductory Physics II4
or PHYS   2212K Principles of Physics II
Major Requirements
GEOL   3520Field Methods 2
GEOL   3541Mineralogy 4
GEOL   3542Petrology and Petrography 4
GEOL   4120Introduction to Research 2
GEOL   5142Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GEOL   5440Structural Geology 4
Guided Elective 26
Select Option 1 or Option 2 below:6
Option 1 3
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.)
Foreign Language (2001 Level)
Completion through 2001-level Foreign Language 43
Select 7-22 credit hours of Electives (must include at least 7 credit hours of 3000-level and above coursework)7-22
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 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:

  • 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.