Geology

Degree Programs

The Department of Geology & Astronomy prepares students for careers in geoscience and geoscience education. The Department offers two bachelor of science degree programs and a certification program in general science. All programs emphasize analytical skills and build on course work in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and statistics. Written and oral communication is emphasized in a majority of the course work.

B.S. Geoscience

The B.S. in GEOSCIENCE program offers two areas of concentration and prepares recipients for a career as a professional geoscientist. Students completing either bachelor of science degree program possess the educational requirements to seek licensure as certified professional geologists. The geology concentration leads to occupations in geology, geochemistry, and the environmental industry as well as for studies toward advanced degrees. Its curriculum emphasizes depth in the traditional disciplines of geology including mineralogy, rock formation, paleontology, structural geology, and surface and tectonic processes. The earth systems concentration is intended for students who want to concentrate on a broader understanding of geoscience and human interaction with the environment. This concentration is excellent preparation for students pursuing careers in fields such as resource management, environmental law, or environmental consulting. In addition to the geology core, students take required courses in oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

Degree Requirements

(120 semester hours)

Completion of all General Education Requirements (48 semester hours)

Concentration in Geology (24 semester hours)

  1. Additional math and computer science requirements (6-7 semester hours)
  2. MAT 108 or 161 and ESS 321 or IND 401 or GEO 324 or 325 or CSC 115 or higher
  3. Required courses (9 semester hours)
  4. ESS 201, 439, and ESS/BIO/ENV 102
  5. Geology and astronomy electives (9 semester hours)
  6. Any three ESS courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level

Concentration in Earth Systems (27 semester hours)

  1. Additional math requirement (3 semester hours)
  2. MAT 105 or 110
  3. Additional science cognates (3 semester hours)
  4. BIO 110 (or BIO 100 with a grade of A- or better)
  5. Required courses (15 semester hours)
  6. ESS 111, 201 or 355, 330, 370, and ESS/BIO/ENV 102 or SCB 210
  7. Geology and astronomy electives (6 semester hours)
  8. Any two ESS courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level

A more detailed description of all courses can be found in the undergraduate catalogue