Majoring in Geology

Requirements for Major

Required Credit Hours: 36 (or more, depending on options)
Major Computing Requirement: Geology 492 or Geology 496.
Major Writing Requirement: Senior Research (Geology 492) or the Honors Thesis (Geology 496); students must receive a grade of C- or better to satisfy the requirement.

Core requirements:

1. A core for all majors consisting of nine semester courses totaling 25 or more credits, which are:

Geology 101 or 110 or 150, 160, 320, 321, 322, 323, 404, and either 491 and 492 OR 495 and 496.

2. The Geology Option:

 Elective courses totaling at least eleven credits elected from 204, 303, 305, 306, 307, 311,  312, 314, 315, 316, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 437. Only one of 314 or 315 can be used to satisfy this requirement.

3. The Environmental Geology Option:

 Elective courses totaling at least eleven credits elected from 204, 305, 312, 314, 315, 316, 427, 428, 429. One of the three courses must be 314 or 315, but only one of 314 or 315 can be used to satisfy the three course requirement.  Depending on the topic, 437 may be used as one of the advanced courses with permission of the chair.
- Biology 220, 417, 426, or 427

Geology majors are required to take eight credits (two courses and associated laboratories) from the following list of five choices:

Chemistry 103 and 103L, Chemistry 206 and 202L, Chemistry 308 and 354, Physics 101, and Physics 102.

A year of calculus, a year of chemistry, and a year of physics are strongly recommended for those considering graduate study in the earth sciences.