Geology Major

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Major in Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics
The Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics is designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study in geology or geophysics or who wish to work professionally in the environmental field upon obtaining the bachelor's degree. It consists of geology, geophysics, and environmental geology concentrations, and offers more training in geology and related science than is required of students who make geology their major in the sciences and letters curriculum described next. Graduation requires a grade-point average of at least 2.0 (A = 4) overall and a 2.0 average in all required science and technical courses. A total of 126 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Science and Letters Curriculum
The Sciences and Letters Curriculum major in Geology is designed for students who want a more flexible course of study than is provided by the Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics. It may be used by those wishing to obtain a more liberal education and/or background in geology for use in fields such as anthropology, business, mineral economics, regional planning, journalism, law, sales, or library and information science. It is not intended to prepare a student for graduate work in the geological sciences unless the student selects additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics comparable to those required in the Specialized Geology and Geophysics Curriculum. The Earth Science Teaching Concentration is designed for students preparing to teach earth science at the secondary school level. In addition to the requirements for the Earth Science Teaching Concentration listed below, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

We recommend the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching to those wishing to pursue the Earth Science Teaching Concentration.

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Student holding pyrite. 

VenProf. Jim Best in the Te Chow Hydrosystems lab. 

Lundstrom Lab discussion. 

Student examining a formation. 

Student working at a fume hood.