Earth Science Program Requirements

(48 semester hours minimum)

Core Requirements (7 hours)

GLG 111 – The Dynamic Earth (3 hrs)
or GLG 121 – Environmental Geology (3 hrs)
or GLG 141 – Geology of US National Parks (3 hrs)
or GLG 180 – Gems and Gem formation (3 hrs)
or GLG F108 – First-year seminar in Geology (3 hrs)
and GLG 115L – Laboratory (1 hr)

Field Experience:

Minimum of 3 semester hours of a field based course; may be fulfilled by credit workshops. Potential courses must be approved by GLG CDA. Only 3 hours of this experience will apply towards the major.

Electives (minimum 41 semester hours of 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses with the following distribution)

Choose up to a maximum of 20 semester hours from any 200-level course including:

GLG 201 – Mineralogy (4 hrs)
GLG 204 – Survival on an Evolving Planet (4 hrs)
GLG 211 – Chemistry of Earth Systems (3 hrs)
GLG 244 – Oceanography (3 hrs)
GLG 261 – Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3 hrs)

Choose from any 300-level GLG course including:

GLG 301 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 hrs)
GLG 307 – Water and Society (3 hrs)
GLG 322 – Structural Geology (4 hrs)
GLG 335 – Ice Age Earth (3 hrs)
GLG 354 – Geomorphology (4 hrs)
GLG 357 – Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (4 hrs)

Choose at least 9 semester hours from any 400-level GLG course including:

GLG 401 – Global Climate change (4 hrs)
GLG 402 – Geomicrobiology (3 hrs)
GLG 408 – Introduction to Hydrogeology (4 hrs)
GLG 417 – Forensic Isotope Geochemistry (3)
GLG 427 – Isotope Geochemistry (3 hrs)
GLG 428 – Hydrogeological Modeling (4 hrs)
GLG 432 – X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis (3 hrs)
GLG 435 – Soils and Paleosols (3 hrs)
GLG 436 – Paleoclimatology (3 hrs)
GLG 450 – Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3 hrs)
GLG 461 – Geophysics (3 hrs)
GLG 467 – Seismology (3 hrs)
GLG 492 – Global Tectonics (4 hrs)
GLG 496 – Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3 hrs)

Up to 12 credits of the following may substitute for any GLG 200-level course:

CHM 141 or CHM 141R; CHM 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3 or 4, 2)
MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or MTH 153 Calculus I (4) or STA 261 Statistics (4) or STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)
PHY 161 College Physics (4) or PHY 191 The Physical World (5)