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Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Effective 10/24/16 this program is under administrative review. There will be no admission to the program for newly admitted students (i.e., 2017SP on) while on administrative hold.

Geology is the study of the Earth and its environs. It involves detailed consideration of planet Earth's interior and its surface, as well as consideration of the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and setting in space. These studies are central to an understanding of the Earth's past, present, and future environments and the interrelationship between Earth and humanity. Students graduating from this program are prepared for traditional positions with oil and mining companies and state and federal geological surveys; for positions in the rapidly growing fields of environmental geology, hydrogeology, resource planning, and engineering and consulting firms; or to enter graduate study. By completing the Educator Preparation option, students are prepared for certification as Earth Science Education teachers in secondary schools.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

64 credits

Core Courses

28 credits

INGEOL 151 Physical Geology
GEOL 252 Evolution of the Earth
GEOL 301 Mineralogy
GEOL 302 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEOL 305 Paleontology
GEOL 306 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
GEOL 403 Structural Geology

Upper-Level Elective Courses

12 credits

Choose a minimum of three additional 300- or 400-level GEOL courses from the following list to bring total credits in Geology to 40 credits:

  • GEOL 309 Geomorphology
  • GEOL 310 Glacial Geology
  • GEOL 315 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 412 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 460 Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 490 Advanced Special Topics (1-4 credits)
  • GEOL 498 Independent Study (1-4 credits)

Related Science/Math Courses

24 credits

INCHEM 111 General Chemistry I and Lab ¹
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II and Lab

Select one of the following:

  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I ¹
  • INPHYS 241 University Physics I ¹

Select one of the following:

  • PHYS 142 College Physics II
  • PHYS 242 University Physics II

MATH 151 Calculus I

Select one of the following:

  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
  • MATH 152 Calculus II

Geology majors are strongly advised to take one of the following Geography courses:

  • GEOG 324 Fundamentals of GIS ²
  • GEOG 325 Cartographic Design and Analysis ²
  • GEOG 326 Raster GIS ²
  • GEOG 327 Environmental Remote Sensing

¹ These courses may also be counted toward filling the Integrative Studies Program Natural Science Perspective course requirements.

² These courses list ISGEOG 204 as a prerequisite. Students who take ISGEOG 204 may also count ISGEOG 204 in the Integrative Studies Program Social Science Perspectives area.

Teacher Certification in Earth Science

Dual Major in Education

  • Secondary Education


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits