Apr 22, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Geology B.A./B.S.



Geology majors should consult their advisors about elective courses to meet their career and educational needs. A wide range of geoscience subdisciplines exist that provide exciting and viable career options, e.g. hydrology, energy and minerals resources, engineering geology, exploration seismic and near-surface geophysics, environmental geology and geochemistry, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, geochronology, sedimentary geology, biomineralization and biogeochemistry – just to name a few. Geology majors should consult their advisors about elective courses to meet their career and educational needs. Quantitative skills and computer literacy are essential for all geologists and are strongly encouraged. Students intending to earn advanced degrees should visit with the departmental graduate advisor concerning entrance requirements of graduate programs.

Bachelor’s degree requirements


The department offers three tracks within the geology degree:  Geology, Petroleum Geosciences, and Environmental Geosciences.

In addition to the general requirements for the BA or BS degree, the following must be completed:

Electives - Geology track


Plus at least four electives described below:

Choose one from Group I


Choose one from Group II


Group II (Energy and Natural Resources)

Choose one from Group III


Group III (Surficial Processes and the Environment)

Choose one additional elective from any of Groups I, II, III (above or IV (below))


Group IV (Other Electives)


Any remaining Geology course 500-level or above.

Note:


*GEOL 581 and GEOL 650 simultaneously satisfy CAS Life Sciences requirement

Total Geology credit hours: 37


Electives - Petroleum Geosciences track


Plus at least four electives as described below.

Choose one from Group I


Choose two from Group II


Group II (Energy and Natural Resources)

Choose one additional elective from any of Groups I, II, III (above or IV (below))


Group IV (Other Electives)


Any remaining Geology course 500-level or above

Note:


*GEOL 581 and GEOL 650 simultaneously satisfy CAS Life Sciences requirement.

Total Petroleum Geosciences credit hours: 37


Electives - Environmental Geosciences track


Plus at least four electives as described below.

Choose one from Group I


Choose two from Group III


Group III (Surficial Processes and the Environment)

Choose one additional elective from any of Groups I, II, III (above or IV (below))


Group IV (Other Electives)


Any remaining Geology course 500-level or above

Note:


*GEOL 581 and GEOL 650 simultaneously satisfy the CAS Life Sciences requirement.

Total Environmental Geosciences credit hours: 37


Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)


Transfer students


In addition to the general instructions to transfer students, students planning to pursue a degree in geology should complete as many of the following courses or their equivalents as possible, then follow the course requirements for the geology option described above: