Oct 03, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Geology Major

Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in geology are: 36 credits in geology, and three supporting science courses. The 36 credits in geology must include GEOL 160 , GEOL 165 , GEOL 250 , GEOL 255 , GEOL 260   and GEOL 265  (for a total of 24 credits), and 12 credits of electives. Of the required electives, 8 credits must be derived from GEOL 300 , GEOL 302 , GEOL 303  or GEOL 304 . The three supporting science courses must include CHEM 111  and one of the following: MATH 135 , MATH 137 , or higher level calculus, or STAT 155  or higher level statistics. One additional science course can be selected from CHEM 112 , STAT 253 , PHYS 113  or PHYS 226 , or BIOL 200 , BIOL 180 , BIOL 170 , or GEOG 225  or GEOG 365  (consult your advisor for additional options). Additional information about sub-disciplines (environmental geology, glaciology, mineralogy, petrology, structure, geophysics, paleobiology, sedimentology, stratigraphy) and suggested electives is available from the faculty in geology.

All geology majors must complete a capstone project under the guidance of one or more geology faculty.  The geology capstone provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their skills in relation to a question of geological significance.  In consultation with their capstone advisor, students are encouraged to enroll in GEOL 400 - Capstone Research Methods.  In order to fulfill the capstone requirement, students must present their work/thesis to their professors and peers at the annual Geology Capstone/Honors Thesis Symposium event, which is scheduled in April of the spring semester (note that completion of an Honors Thesis satisfies the Capstone requirement).  All geology seniors are required to attend this event.