Curriculum Requirements

The B.S. in Geological Sciences is recommended as preparation for graduate school and careers in professional research and science teaching. As described in sections 3 and 4 below, a B.S. in Geological Science requires a strong foundation in mathematics and several applied sciences.

Core Curriculum 1
GSC 110The Earth System3
GSC 114Earth Processes Lab2
GSC 111Earth System History4
GSC 260Earth Materials4
GSC 360Depositional and Diagenetic Systems4
GSC 380Paleontology and Stratigraphy4
GSC 410Environmental Geochemistry3
or GSC 420 Geophysics
GSC 440Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GSC 480Structural Geology4
GSC 482Field Methods2
GSC 561Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences1
Summer Field Course for B.S. Candidates
GSC 580Summer Field Geology 24
Calculus
Select one of the following:8
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Select one of the following computer science or statistics course:3-4
Computer Programming I
Computing for Scientists
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction To Biobehavioral Statistics For Non-Majors
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
Introductory Statistics
Chemistry
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I3
Recommended Courses:
Principles of Chemistry II
Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemistry Laboratory II
College Physics
PHY 101
PHY 102
College Physics I
and College Physics II
8
Recommended Courses in lieu of College Physics:
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Complete the “Required Areas of Study” of the College (see under COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES in this Bulletin)
Minor
Select a Minor from the following:15
Anthropology
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Ecosystem Science and Policy
Marine and Atmospheric Science
Mathematics
Physics
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Electives17
Total Credit Hours120-127
1

Must complete with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.0.

2

The field course (GSC 580) is required for B.S. students and encouraged for others in order to gain practical experience in the skills of observation, interpretation, measuring, sampling, mapping and report writing. This requirement, when completed, has proven to be a strong asset when applying for graduate work or employment.

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  • The requirements for a minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy can be found here.
  • The requirements for a minor in Chemistry can be found here.

Suggested Plan of Study

This is a guide and is not meant to take the place of the advice of your major advisor; you should consult with them before making any changes.  This example plan is for a freshman geology major (BS) with a chemistry minor.  The suggested plan of study exceeds 120 credits in order to meet the basic course requirements for professional geoscientist licensing that is overseen by the National Association State Boards of Geology (ASBOG).

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
GSC 110 The Earth System 3
GSC 114 Earth Processes Lab 2
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
Language 101 Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
GSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
GSC 231 Field Study of Reef Systems Through Time 2
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Language 102 Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
GSC 260 Earth Materials 4
GSC 360 Depositional and Diagenetic Systems 4
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Language 211 Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSC 380 Paleontology and Stratigraphy 4
GSC 482 Field Methods 2
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Summer
GSC 580 Summer Field Geology 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Three
Fall
GSC 420 Geophysics 3
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture) 3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
GSC 440 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
GSC 480 Structural Geology 4
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
GSC 410 Environmental Geochemistry 3
GSC 490 Senior Thesis 3
GSC 561 Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences 1
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
GSC 240 Introduction to Marine Geology 3
GSC 462 Earth's Ancient Atmospheres, Climates, And Sea Levels 3
GSC 491 Senior Thesis 3
GSC 550 Hydrogeology 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours127
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 Other Suggested Electives:

ECS 572, ECS 301, BIL 150, CSC 120, CSC 210, GEG 310

Suggested Plan of Study (Change of Major)

This plan is for transfer students and students beginning Geology major in the spring of their sophomore year.

This is a guide and is not meant to take the place of the advice of your major advisor; you should consult with them before making any changes.  This course plan is for transfer or change-of-major from another STEM major after the sophomore year, some general requirements fulfilled.  Geology major (BS) with Ecosystem Science and Policy minor.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
BIL 150 General Biology 4
Language 101 Course 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
GEG 310 Geographic Information Systems I 3
Language 102 Course 3
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
GSC 110 The Earth System 3
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ECS 111 Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem 3
Language 211 Course 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ECS 112 Field Problems in Ecosystem Science and Policy 2
GSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GSC 114 Earth Processes Lab 2
GSC 360 Depositional and Diagenetic Systems 4
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
ECS 113 Introduction to Environmental Policy 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
GSC 231 Field Study of Reef Systems Through Time 2
GSC 380 Paleontology and Stratigraphy 4
GSC 482 Field Methods 2
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
ECS 572 Special Topics in ECS (Scanning Electron Microscopy) 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer
GSC 580 Summer Field Geology 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Four
Fall
GSC 260 Earth Materials 4
GSC 410 Environmental Geochemistry 3
GSC 462 Earth's Ancient Atmospheres, Climates, And Sea Levels 3
GSC 561 Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences 1
ECS 201 Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues I 1
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSC 440 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
GSC 480 Structural Geology 4
ECS 301 Tools for Environmental Decision-Making: The Quantitative Perspective 3
ECS 372 Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Policy 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours129