May 29, 2020
About the Geosciences Bachelor’s Program
Major in Geosciences
The undergraduate program offers a 120-credit-hour major in geosciences with a concentration in geology or geophysics. Students are required to earn at least a C in the major, minor, and adjunct courses. Successful completion of adjunct courses with a C or better is required before upper-division geoscience courses may be taken. Field work is a requirement for the B.S. degree. If this is a concern, the B.A. should be considered. However, the B.A. degree also requires field work that may be strenuous.
Geology Concentration (B.S. or B.A.). This concentration offers students the choice of either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Bachelor of Arts — The geology program leading to the B.A. degree is designed to provide 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. Students interested in professional employment or graduate degrees in geology should complete the B.S. degree program, not the B.A. The B.A. program with a concentration in geology requires GEOL 1303 , GEOL 1101 , GEOL 2401 , GEOL 3401 , GEOL 3402 , GEOL 4101 , GEOL 4312 , and at least 15 hours of junior-senior level geosciences electives, 9 hours of which must include a laboratory. Adjunct requirements include MATH 1321 or MATH 1550 , CHEM 1307 , CHEM 1107 , PHYS 1403 . The minor may be in any area approved by the college.
Minor. Students may select any minor approved by the university.
- GEOL 3402 - Structural Geology 4 Semester Credit Hours
- Geosciences Jr./Sr. Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
- Foreign Language 3 Semester Credit Hours
- Oral Communications 3 Semester Credit Hours *
- Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hours *
- Elective 1 Semester Credit Hours
- Geosciences Jr./Sr. Lab Science Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
- English Literature 3 Semester Credit Hours
- Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours *
- GIST 4312 - Internet Mapping 3 Semester Credit Hours
- Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 Semester Credit Hours *
Total Hours: 120
* Select from Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements .
Adequate training in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is a prerequisite for calculus. The student must take the Mathematics Placement Examination.
Students who will graduate under a catalog previous to 2012-2013 must meet the Technology and Applied Science requirement of the core.
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.