Undergraduate Program

BS: Geology

This undergraduate degree option prepares students for professional careers and graduate study in the earth and environmental sciences. The flexible course selection allows students to concentrate in particular aspects of the sciences, such as geology, paleontology, oceanography or geochemistry.

Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfy all University General Education Requirements or Discovery Program Requirements*
    • *Students entering on or after Fall, 2010 fall under the University Discovery Program whereas those that entered before Fall, 2010 fall under the University General Education Program
  2. Satisfactorily complete MATH 425 and 426, CHEM 403-404 (or CHEM 405), and PHYS 407-408 and 505 or ESCI 658. Some of these courses may also satisfy Group 2 and part of Group 3 of the general education requirements.
  3. Complete a minimum of twelve courses in earth sciences, which should include ESCI 401, The Dynamic Earth, or ESCI 409, Geology and the Environment; ESCI 402, Earth History; ESCI 501, Introduction to Oceanography; ESCI 512, Principles of Mineralogy; ESCI 614, Optical Mineralogy and Petrography; ESCI 530, Geological Field Methods; ESCI 631, Structural Geology; ESCI 561, Landscape Evolution; ESCI 652, Paleontology; and three approved earth sciences 700-level electives.
  4. Complete four approved electives. The following should be considered: one additional 700-level course in the earth sciences; additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics; as well as courses in computer science, engineering, and the biological sciences; and an off-campus field camp.

Below are a resume and an idealized course schedule by semester for undergraduates interested in the BS in Geology option. (.pdf format)

General Education Program
Discovery Program

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