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

Resource Geology, B.S.

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Resource and environmental issues are central to the important challenges facing the world today. As a result, resource and environmental problems are being addressed by a growing number of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, the legal profession, economics, journalism and ethics. Yet, most of these problems are rooted in geological processes. The B.S. degree in resource geology is intended to provide students with a quantitative understanding of the chemical and physical processes involved in the formation and production of a particular resource and the environmental consequences. The degree is preparation for the practice of geology in the public sector. Because of the multidisciplinary scope of most resource problems, students are strongly encouraged to take appropriate courses in other departments.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 hours in Earth science and a minimum of 23 hours of support courses, selected from the following:

Total: 56-60 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 resource geology major are considered minimal. Students should consult a faculty adviser for recommendations on additional course-work that best fits their goals.

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