Geology Program Requirements

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in Geology

(36 semester hours minimum in GLG; 48 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Core Requirements (30 hours)

One of these

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)

All of these

GLG 115L - Laboratory (1 hr) GLG 201 – Mineralogy (4 hrs)
GLG 204 – Survival on an Evolving Planet (4 hrs)
GLG 301 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 hrs)
GLG 322 – Structural Geology (4)
GLG 357 – Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (4 hrs)
GLG 411A – Field Geology (6 hrs)

Electives (at least one must be at the 400 level; minimum 6 semester hours)

GLG 335 – Ice Age Earth (3 hrs)
GLG 354 – Geomorphology (4 hrs)
GLG 402 – Geomicrobiology (3 hrs)
GLG 408 – Intro to Hydrogeology (4 hrs)
GLG 417 – Forensic Isotope Geochemistry (3 hrs)
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 467 – Seismology (3 hrs)
GLG 492 – Global Tectonics (4 hrs)
GLG 496 – Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3 hrs)

Related hours (12-16 required)

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

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will define and properly use the principal specialized terms and concepts employed in the geosciences.
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency with the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the geosciences
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively to specialists and non-specialists
  4. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy
  5. Students will demonstrate proficiency with the application of the scientific method to geoscience problem solving

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Geology

(42 semester hours minimum in GLG; 63 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Core requirements (30 hours):
All courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology.

Electives (Minimum 9 hours):
Same requirements as for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology plus one additional 400-level course.  See complete list above.

Research Project (minimum 3 hours):
GLG 377, GLG 477 or 498 or equivalent research project (3 hrs); public presentation of research project

Related Hours (21 - 30 required):
Same requirements as for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology plus CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3, 2) or GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)
MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or STA 261 Statistics (4) or STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)
PHY 162 College Physics/Lab (5) or PHY 192 The Physical World/ Lab (5) or GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will define and properly use the principal specialized terms and concepts employed in the geosciences
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the geosciences
  3. Students will be able to communicate effectively to specialists and non-specialists
  4. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy
  5. Students will conduct and publish a geoscience research project, with appropriate use of the scientific method, robust sampling, and analytical technologies