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Bachelor of Arts in Geology

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Geology Programs

The B.A. program allows many free electives for background courses in the sciences or liberal arts. The program permits study of traditional geology (with emphasis on the solid earth, the earth’s surface, or environmental geology and natural resources), environmental geology (with emphasis on water or urban environmental geology), or an individually tailored program.

Degree requirements may be altered to suit particular needs of a student upon petition to the undergraduate studies committee and in consultation with a geology faculty adviser. Special consideration is given to students with strong backgrounds in supporting sciences and students with superior records who decide to major in geology late in their programs.

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students interested in geology should see a department adviser as soon as possible. They should enroll in mathematics, chemistry, and English in addition to Introduction to Geology and electives. Students should take GEOL 360 as soon as possible.

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Advising

Developing a strong relationship with a faculty adviser helps students get the most out of their educational programs in the shortest time. Most courses for majors are offered in only one semester each year. Advisers can guide the student through complexities of the curriculum or into a specialized program.

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Requirements for the B.A. Major

In addition to College requirements, these courses are required:

Geology Core 24 hours

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for geology.

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Option A: General Geology

College Requirements and Geology Core Courses

Geology Electives

A minimum of 15 hours in geology or related courses. Several possible tracks of upper-level course work are given below.

Track 1: Solid Earth

  • GEOL 312 Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory (1)
  • GEOL 512 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (3) and
    GEOL 513 Petrology Laboratory (1)
  • GEOL 532 Stratigraphy (4)
  • GEOL 572 Geophysics (3) or
    GEOL 573 Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics (3)

Track 2: Surface Earth

Track 3: Geology and Natural Resources

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Option B: Environmental Geology

College Requirements and Geology Core Courses

Geology Electives

A minimum of 15 hours in geology or related courses. Several possible tracks of upper-level course work are given below. Students may choose from these or select other courses in consultation with an adviser.

Track 1: Water, Geology, and the Environment

  • GEOL 302 Oceanography (3)
  • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology (3)
  • GEOL 391 Special Studies in Geology: Water Resources (3)
  • GEOL 541 Geomorphology (4)
  • GEOL 552 Introduction to Hydrogeology (3)
  • ATMO 515 Energy and Water Balance (3)
  • CE 477 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3)
  • BIOL 660 Lake Ecology (3)

Track 2: Urban Environmental Geology

  • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology (3)
  • ATMO 525 Air Pollution Meteorology (3)
  • CE 477 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3)
  • GEOG 304 Environmental Conservation (3)

Other Elective Courses

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