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Major Areas of Study: GEOLOGY


Course Offerings and Major/Minor Requirements


Course Offerings
By number with credit-hours in parenthesis.
For more information on a specific course, visit the department web site.

101. Introduction to Geology (4)
104. Earth History (4)
110. Environmental Geology (4)
200. Oceanography (4)
220. Landform Evolution (4)
295. Research Experience (1-3)
301. Mineralogy (4)
302. Petrology (4)
311. Paleontology (3)
313. Structural Geology (3)
322. Sedimentology and Physical Stratigraphy (3)
395. Topics in Geology (1-4)
434. Field Camp (6)
495. Literature Seminar (2)
496. Senior Research (3)

Major Requirements (30 credit hours)

  • Core Courses: GEOL 101 or 110, 104, 301, 302, 313, 322, 495, 496, 434
  • Three courses from the following (9 hours):
    • GEOL 200, 220, 311 or GEOG 310
    • MATH 140, or 170 & 175, or 190
    • PHEN 101 or 102

*Recommended for graduate school: calculus and two courses in each of physics and engineering, biology, and world languages

Minor requirements (15 credit hours)

  • At least three hours at the 300-400 level.


Earth Science Major (34-36 credit hours in GEOL)

  • Core courses: Geology 101 or 110, 104, 200, 220, 301, 302, 495
  • Three courses from the following: GEOL 311, 322, 310, 313
  • One course from the following: GEOL 295, 496

*Other required courses (18-19 credit hours)

  • GEOG 321 (Weather and Climate)
  • CHEM 105 (Issues in the Chemical Sciences) or 111 (General Chemistry I)
  • MATH 140 (Statistics) or 170 (College Algebra) and 175 (Trigonometry) or 190 (Beginning Calculus)
  • PHEN 101 (Conceptual Physics) or 121 (Classical Physics I) and 150 (Introduction to Astronomy)

Earth Science Minor (15 hours)

  • At least 3 hours at the 300-400 level

Teacher Licensure Requirements: Earth Science or Integrated Science

  • See Education website

NOTE: Major/minor requirements are in addition to the Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE), which are required of all students to graduate.

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