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Required Courses B.A. in Geology

CORE COURSES IN GEOLOGY (credit hours in parentheses)

  • GLY 110  Face of the Earth with laboratory (4)
  • GLY 115  History of the Earth (3)
  • GLY 330  Geomorphology (4)
  • GLY 335  Earth’s Materials (4)
  • GLY 425  Economic Geology (4)
  • Select 11 additional GLY elective credits

Degree Requirement Credits in Geology (30)

100-200 level electives

  • GLY 120  Dangerous Earth (3)
  • GLY 150  Introduction to Field Paleontology (3)
  • GLY 125  Prehistoric Life (3)
  • GLY 130  Geology of National Parks (3)

300-400 level electives 

  • GLY 315  Structural Geology (3)
  • GLY 325  Geology of the Planets (3)
  • GLY 340  Environmental Geoscience (3)
  • GLY 341  Soil Science (3)
  • GLY 350  Field Paleontology (3)
  • GLY 360  Introduction to Geophysics (4)
  • GLY 402  Invertebrate Paleontology (4)
  • GLY 415  Earth Science Applications of GIS (3)
  • GLY 416  Geologic Field Methods (3)
  • GLY 420  Statigraphy (3)
  • GLY 425  Sedimentary Petrology and Petrography (4)
  • GLY 440  Applied Geophysics (3)
  • GLY 450  Hydrogeology (3) 
  • GLY 455  Groundwater Resources (3)
  • GLY 461  Ecology and Geology of Coral Reefs  (4)

Field Opportunities

Geology is a field-oriented profession, thus many of our courses require field trips to locations of significant geologic importance, or are actually taught in the field. Examples of trips include studies of the structural geology and stratigraphy of Pennsylvania and Virginia, the mineralogy and petrology of North Carolina, as well as landslides, caves, arches and glacial features of Kentucky. Summer field courses include trips to places like Colorado, Utah and Belize.