2018-2019 University Catalogue 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2018-2019 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology Major

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For more information about the department, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the geology department  page.

Major Requirements

The geology major typically starts with any 100-level Geology or geology-related Core SP  courses, which typically counts towards the major as one of the five (5) additional full-credit GEOL courses below.

All majors must complete the following set of requirements:

All of the Following

300-level Geology Electives

At least two courses from the following:

Two Additional Courses

Two full-credit courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. GEOG 245 - Geographic Information Systems , may be taken in place of one of the required biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses.  

Capstone Experience

The two required 400-level courses provide a capstone experience for the geology major, as all such courses involve a significant project that integrates hypothesis testing, data collection and/or analysis of existing data, literature review, and a final project that synthesizes this work. A senior thesis conducted with a geology faculty member as an adviser through GEOL 441  may count as one of the required 400–level courses and is required for all geology honors candidates. Students can initiate a senior research project of interest by speaking directly to a faculty member about ideas for a research project or by consulting with a faculty member about a project that might arise from a summer internship, a summer employment experience, or be based on research initiated in a geology course. GEOL 491  may not count towards the 400–level course requirement.

GPA Requirement

A GPA of 2.00 in the major is necessary for graduation. The ten full-credit courses that carry the highest grade are used to compute this average. A passing grade must be received in all courses counted toward the major.

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