Geology (B.A.)

Geology is the scientific study of planet Earth and involves the observation and interpretation of processes that form and change our world. Some of these processes, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, proceed rapidly, often with catastrophic consequences. Others, such as erosion or mountain building can progress so slowly that their results are scarcely noticeable over a human lifetime. Each of these processes, however, can exert a profound influence on human activities and can, in turn, be influenced intentionally or unintentionally by human activities.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements 

Students must complete twenty-six credits in geology beyond GEL 1020. These must include:

GEL 2130Mineralogy4
GEL 3160Petrology4
GEL 3300Structural Geology4
GEL 3400Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
GEL 5993(WI) Writing Intensive Course in Geology0
At least two credits in a geology field course2

Cognate Requirements 

At least one college course in each of two of the following fields is required: biology, chemistry, or physics. MAT 1800 and satisfaction of the Foreign Language Group Requirement are also required.

Geology majors should consult their advisor regarding additional recommended cognate courses. Depending on interest and future goals, supplementary courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as courses in biology, computer science, engineering, and urban studies might be of particular value.

Geology Honors

The Honors Program in Geology is open to students of superior academic ability who are majoring in geology. To be recommended for an honors degree from this department, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3. He/she must accumulate at least twelve credits in honors-designated courses including: two Geology Honors or Honors Option courses (min. 6 credits), GEL 4998: Honors Thesis (3 credits), and one 4200-level Honors Seminar (3 credits).