Aug 19, 2019
For further information about this major, contact Dr. Andy Vermilyea (chair of Natural Sciences)
A comprehensive program in geology designed for preparation for graduate school, a career in geology, or secondary education.
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Geology will demonstrate:
Knowledge and Understanding of Geological Concepts
- Comprehend and create a geologic map, construct a geologic cross-section, and construct and contour map.
- Use appropriate technological tools.
- Identify common rocks and minerals in hand sample and in thin section.
- Understand how physical properties of rocks and minerals relate to chemistry and crystal structure.
- Describe the layers of the Earth and understand the evidence used to deduce this structure.
- Characterize the major physiographic features of the Earth.
- Understand the theory of plate techtonics
- Explain rock structures at different scales, describe the rock and hydrologic cycles, and relate igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary phenomena to plate tectonic processes.
- Understand the scope of geologic time, the chronology of major Earth events, and geologic age-dating methods.
- Make systematic observations, construct hypotheses and make predictions, design an experiment, interpret data, and form conclusions based on the data.
- Locate, comprehend, assess, and apply the scholarly work of scientists according to accepted practices.
- Communicate scientific information, both orally and in writing, according to accepted practice in the field of geology.
- Use appropriate mathematical and statistical methods to evaluate and interpret geologic data.
- Clear understanding of the issues and involvement of geology in modern society.
Complete the following mathematics courses (7 cr):
and complete the following chemistry and physics courses (12 cr):
and complete the following Geology courses (28 cr):
(Credits required for the major: 47 cr)
And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements
Review the Gen Ed requirements.
Honors in Geology
Students wishing to graduate with Honors in Geology must meet the following requirements:
- a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses,
- a minimum GPA of 3.4 in all science and math courses,
- complete a minimum of 3 credits of independent research in geology,
- and present the results of their research in a public forum.
The following recommended courses may be necessary or useful to students who wish to pursue a particular career or graduate work in Geology. Consult your advisor: