Jan 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Geosciences, B.A.: Concentration in Geology with a Minor in GIST


About the Geosciences Program


Geoscience is a diverse field which focuses on the study of the Earth and other planets and how these systems evolve through time. Geoscientists apply principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to understand the evolution of earth history. Geoscientists are employed in energy, engineering, and environmental companies; state and federal agencies; and in education, law, and business. The undergraduate program offers a B.A. in geosciences – geology concentration – and three concentrations in the B.S. degree: geology, geophysics, and environmental geology. Capacity in upper-division GEOL, GPH, and GCH courses may be capped due to limited departmental resources. The residency requirement for the major is 12 hours.

Communication Literacy Plan. Geoscience graduates are expected to be able to communicate with their peers and with the general public in a variety of ways. In particular, they should be capable of written communication in a scientific format, oral communication, both to peers and to informed laypersons, and illustration of data and concepts through various graphical formats. Courses in the Communication Literacy Plan for the B.S. and B.A. in Geosciences are GEOL 2101 GEOL 3401 , GEOL 3402 , GEOL 4201 GEOL 4312 , and GPH 3310 

About the B.A. in Geosciences


The geology program leading to the B.A. degree provides a broad liberal arts background and basic training in the principles of geosciences. The program is designed for students with strong interests in earth processes and the history of nature’s initiation of and response to continuous change. Successful B.A. graduates have pursued careers in teaching, business, and government agencies, and others have pursued advanced degrees in law, business administration, and environmental sciences. Students interested in professional employment or graduate degrees in geology should complete the B.S. degree program. Students are required to earn at least a C in all major, minor, and adjunct courses. Successful completion of adjunct courses with a C or better is required before upper-division geosciences courses may be taken. Students may choose any minor approved by the university.

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 14

Spring


Total: 16

Second Year


Fall


Total: 16

Spring


Total: 15

Third Year


Fall


Total: 14

Spring


  • Geosciences Jr./Sr. Lab Science Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • English Literature 3 Semester Credit Hours (2000-level)
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • GIST Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Geosciences Jr./Sr. Lab Science Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Creative Arts 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • GIST Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • GIST Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


  • GEOS Elective (Jr/Sr) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • GEOS Elective (Jr/Sr) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • English Literature 3 Semester Credit Hours (2000-level)
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • GIST Elective
Total: 15

Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements .

 

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.

Multicultural Requirement


Select from Arts & Sciences General Degree Requirements . Students have the option of choosing a Creative Arts or a Social and Behavioral Sciences course that also satisfies the Multicultural requirement.