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The Department of Geological Sciences provides its majors with a strong foundation in traditional geology as well as broad instruction in multi-disciplinary geosciences. This includes the study of earth processes and materials, environmental science, energy, water resources, marine science, paleontology, and all other major sub-disciplines of geology. The department strongly encourages student participation in research and internship experiences. Majors gain extensive hands-on field and laboratory experience unified around a goal to produce both a practical and theoretical understanding of geosciences.

Geology often draws students with interests in the outdoors, travel, concern for environmental and energy issues, and those pursuing careers in geosciencesrelated industries. Geology applies chemistry, physics, mathematics, and sometimes biology to understanding earth processes, so students take a broad array of ancillary science classes. Additionally, majors train in the specialized laboratory and field skills required by professional geologists.

The department offers four degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Geology (BSG) is the degree most students pursue. It can lead to a career as a professional geologist and/or graduate school. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree includes more general science than the BSG (additional math, physics and chemistry, plus a required minor). It is a good choice for those seeking careers as geologists and/or graduate school, especially for those interested in fields where these broader skills are useful. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree does not generally lead to a career as a professional geologist or graduate school in geology, but is more often coupled with a complimentary minor or second major where a geosciences background is useful, such as teaching science or with geology-related business degrees. Finally, Marine Science majors can focus in geology to pursue a BSG degree as part of their overall curriculum.

Geologists have broad career options. Common fields of employment include environmental assessment and remediation, water resources, geotechnical consulting, energy, earth materials, hazard assessments, academic research, and education. Some examples of employers would be environmental and geotechnical firms, energy and mining companies, public utilities, building material suppliers, and state and federal government.

Majors graduate to become geochemists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists, petroleum geologists, resource exploration geologists, hazard assessors, environmental regulators, geotechnical engineers, environmental lawyers, and consultants. Some graduates become licensed Public Geologists.

Alumni hold an impressive array of jobs as leaders of national and international energy corporations, environmental and geotechnical firms, and mining and materials production companies. Several majors became entrepreneurs and founded companies focused on geotechnical consulting, energy exploration, environmental remediation, and other key industries. Others conduct research at universities, national laboratories, museums, state and U.S. Geological Survey offices, and other government agencies including NASA, the DOE, the Interior Department, and the EPA to name a few.

Semester 1 Semester 2
GEO 101 GEO 102
EN 101 EN 102
MA COURSE HI COURSE
HU OR FA FA COURSE
CS 102 or higher level computer science course ELECTIVE COURSE
Semester 3 Semester 4
GEO ELECTIVE GEO ELECTIVE
C OR FL C OR FL
L COURSE HI/L SEQ ELECTS
SB COURSE ELECTIVE COURSE
ELECTIVE COURSE  
Semester 5 Semester 6
GEO 300-499 GEO 300-499
MINOR COURSE MINOR COURSE
SB COURSE ELECTIVES 300-499
ELECTIVES 300-499 ELECTIVE COURSE
Semester 7 Semester 8
GEO 300-499 GEO 300-499
GEO ELECTIVE MINOR 300-499
MINOR 300-499 MINOR COURSE
MINOR COURSE MINOR OR ELECTIVE
W COURSE W COURSE
Semester 1 Semester 2
GEO 101 GEO 102
CH 101 CH 102
EN 101 EN 102
MATH 125 MATH 126
Semester 3 Semester 4
GEO 210 GEO 314
CH 223 MATH 238
MATH 227 HI COURSE
L COURSE FA COURSE
SB COURSE C PREREQ OR EL
Semester 5 Semester 6
GEO 365 GEO 367
MINOR COURSE PH 106
C OR FL C OR FL
HU OR FA SB COURSE
  MINOR/ELECTIVE COURSE
Semester 7 Semester 8
GEO 495 (must be taken during Summer 1) GEO 300-499
GEO 300-499 W COURSE
W COURSE MINOR 300-499
MINOR 300-499 MINOR COURSE
HI/L SEQ ELECTS  
Semester 1 Semester 2
GEO 101 GEO 102
CH 101 CH 102
EN 101 EN 102
MATH 125 MATH 126
Semester 3 Semester 4
GEO 210 GEO 314
PH 101 PH 102
L COURSE HI COURSE
HU OR FA C PREREQ OR EL
ELECTIVE COURSE  
Semester 5 Semester 6
GEO 365 GEO 355
GEO 355, 369 or 470 GEO 367
C OR FL C OR FL
HI/L SEQ ELECTS SB COURSE
  ELECTIVE 300-499
Semester 7 Semester 8
GEO 495 (must be taken during Summer 1) GEO ELECTIVE
A COURSE W COURSE
GEO ELECTIVES ELECTIVE 300-499
W COURSE ELECTIVE COURSES
SB COURSE  

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