Geology Major

Geology Major

Required Geology Courses: 39 cr. hrs.
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab 1 cr.
GEOL 150 Historical Geology 4 cr.
GEOL 230 Mineralogy 4 cr.
GEOL 231 Petrology 4 cr.
GEOL 285 Sophomore Seminar in Geology (writing intensive) 1 cr.
GEOL 326 Structural Geology 4 cr.
GEOL 327 Geomorphology and Glacial Geology (writing intensive) 4 cr.
GEOL 362 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4 cr.
GEOL 371-377 Any one of the Regional Field Trip Courses 1-2 cr.
GEOL 441 Geophysics 4 cr.
GEOL 445 Hydrogeology 3 cr.
GEOL 450 Paleontology (writing intensive) 4 cr.
GEOL 485 Senior Research Experience (writing intensive) 1 cr.
Required Professional Courses: 24 cr. hrs.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
Choose either sequence A or B below:
A. PHYS 151 General Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 152 General Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 156 General Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 157 General Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
B. PHYS 101 General Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHYS 102 General Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
PHYS 161 General Physics I 4 cr.
PHYS 162 General Physics II 4 cr.
Directed Electives: 16 cr. hrs.
(consult with your adviser for these or other selections)
ART 307 Computer Graphics as Visual Expression 3 cr.
BIOL Any 210 level or higher
CHEM Any 230 level or higher
CSIS Any computer systems course
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management 3 cr.
CROP 462 Agricultural Ecology 2 cr.
ENGL 367 Technical Writing 3 cr.
ESM Any ESM course 150 or higher, except 300, and 343
GENG Any general engineering course
GEOG 250 Cartography I 3 cr.
GEOG 255 Cartography II 3 cr.
GEOG 360 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 cr.
GEOG 365 Quantitative Techniques for Geographers 3 cr.
GEOG 368 Geoprocessing Techniques 3 cr.
GEOG 412 Advanced Climatology 3 cr.
GEOG 450 Advanced Map Design and Production 3 cr.
GEOG 460 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3 cr.
GEOL 270 Internship I 2-4 cr.
GEOL 370 Internship II 2-4 cr.
GEOL 490 Independent Study in Geology 1-3 cr.
MATH Any math class 167 or higher
PHYS Any physics class 204 or higher
SOIL 120 Introductory Soil Science 3 cr.
SOIL 289 Special Topics in Soil Science: Soil Judging  1 cr.
SOIL 325 Hydric Soils and Wetland Environments 3 cr.
SOIL 350 Pedology 4 cr.
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation 4 cr.
SOIL 460 Soil Physics 3 cr.
Note: All geology majors must also complete a service learning/professional development requirement. See your adviser for details.

Emphases

An emphasis is not a minor but is a suggested series of courses taken as directed electives that fit together well, fit well with the geology major and that would help a career in the designated area. Consult with geology faculty for more information.

Environmental/Engineering: GENG 235, GENG 236, GENG 265, SOIL 460, MATH 167
Environmental/Hydrogeology: See Hydrogeology Minor
Graduate School: MATH 167, MATH 367 ENGL 367, CSIS 105, Field Geology, GEOL 490
Mineral Exploration: ESM 333, GEOG 250, GEOG 360, CHEM 251, CHEM 256, Field Geology, GEOL 490
Ocean Sciences: CSIS 105, BIOL 230, BIOL 434, MATH 167, CHEM 251, CHEM 256, PHYS 311, GEOL 202
Paleontology: MATH 167, CSIS 105, Field Geology, BIOL 230, GEOL 490, additional courses in Biology
Petroleum Geology: GEOL 445, Field Geology, BIOL 324, BIOL 355, CHEM 231, CHEM 232, GENG 236, GENG 368, GEOL 490

General Education Requirements

For College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science majors as listed for CAFES with the following exceptions:
Sciences: BIOL 150, GEOL 101, and CHEM 121.

For Secondary Education Majors as listed for CEPS.

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