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Required Courses B.S. 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 315  Structural Geology with laboratory (4)
  • GLY 330  Geomorphology (4)
  • GLY 335  Earth’s Materials (4)
  • GLY 340  Environmental Geoscience (3)
  • GLY 394  Seminar (1)
  • GLY 420  Stratigraphy with laboratory (4)
  • GLY 425  Economic Geology (4)
  • GLY 450  Hydrogeology (4)
  • Two GLY electives at the 100-200 level (see options below)    6
  • Three GLY electives at the 300-400 level (see options below)    9-12

Core Credits in Geology (50-52)

100-200 level electives (select 2)

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

Total 100-200 Level Elective Credits (6)

300-400 level electives (select 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 425  Sedimentary Petrology and Petrography (4)
  • GLY 440  Applied Geophysics (3)
  • GLY 455  Groundwater Resources (3)
  • GLY 461  Ecology and Geology of Coral Reefs  (4)

Total 300-400 Level Elective Credits (9-12)

CORE COURSES IN OTHER DISCIPLINES

  • CHE 121  General Chemistry II (4)
  • MAT 119  Precalculus (3)
  • MAT 128  Calculus A or MAT 129 Calculus I or STA 205 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3)
  • PHY 211  General Physics I (5)
  • PHY 213  General Physics II (5)

Credits in Other Disciplines (24)

ADDITIONAL COURSES

  • GLY 325  Geology of the Planets (3)

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.