Mar 31, 2020  

Geology (BS.GEY)

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We are no longer accepting applications for the Geology major.  Students are invited to take the Minor in Geology.

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.

Intellectual Skills

  • 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.

Civic Learning

  • 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):

(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:

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