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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, B.A.

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The B.A. or B.S. degree in geology consists of a core sequence that provides a basic background in plate tectonics, earth materials (mineralogy and igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks) and field methods. Beyond the core sequence, all students are encouraged to include sedimentology and structural geology (required for the B.S.) in their programs. Students, in consultation with a faculty adviser, are encouraged to pursue concentrations in paleontology, geochemistry or resource geology that integrate classroom learning with field and laboratory experience. Participation in a recognized geology summer field camp is strongly recommended for all majors (B.A. and B.S.). Most Earth science graduate programs in the United States require that a field course be completed.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 28 hours in Earth sciences and a minimum of nine hours of support courses, selected from the following:

Earth Science Electives (12 Credit Hours)

At the 3000 level or above.

Total: 37-41 Credit Hours


  • Experience with a modern scientific computing language is essential and can be gained in a course such as GEOL 3359 - Computer Methods in Earth Sciences .
  • The requirements for the geology major are considered minimal. Students planning careers in the Earth sciences should take additional coursework according to the geoscience emphasis that best fits their goals. Students should consult a faculty adviser for suggestions.

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