Jun 25, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 order to fulfill the capstone requirement, students must 1) consult with their capstone advisor to identify a research topic; (2) fulfill any writing requirement that their specific advisor may have (each advisor has their own approach; there is no formal written component of the capstone requirement in geology); and (3) present their paper/thesis to their professors and peers at the annual Geology Capstone/Honors Thesis Symposium event, which is scheduled in April of the spring semester.  All geology seniors are required to attend this event.