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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geological Sciences


Stephen J. Culver, Chairperson, 101 Graham Building

BS in Geology


Geology majors have the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentration areas: coastal and marine, environmental, general geology. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs.) - 42 s.h.
  2. Core - 39 s.h.
    GEOL 1500. Dynamic Earth (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) and GEOL 1501. Dynamic Earth Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC); or GEOL 1550. Oceanography (4) (F,S) (FC:SC); or GEOL 1700. Environmental Geology (4) (F,S) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 1600. Earth and Life Through Time (4) (F,S) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 3050, 3051. Mineralogy and Petrology I (4,0) (F) (P: A 1000-level GEOL course; RP: CHEM 1150, 1151; GEOL 1500, 1501)
    GEOL 3150, 3151. Mineralogy and Petrology II (4,0) (S) (P: GEOL 3050, 3051; P/C: CHEM 1150, 1151)
    GEOL 3200, 3201. Introduction to Field Methods (2,0) (S) (P: GEOL 1600)
    GEOL 3300, 3301. Structural Geology (4,0) (F) (P: GEOL 3200, 3201)
    GEOL 4000. Summer Field Course in Geology (6) (SS) (P: GEOL 3050, 3051, 3300, 3301)
    GEOL 4010, 4011. Sedimentology (4,0) (WI) (F) (P: GEOL 1600, 3050, 3051)
    GEOL 4020, 4021. Stratigraphy (3,0) (WI) (S) (P: GEOL 1600)
    GEOL 4200, 4201. Paleontology (4,0) (4200:WI) (S) (P: GEOL 1600)
  3. Concentration areas (Choose one.) - 7 s.h.
    Coastal and Marine Geology (Choose 7 s.h. from the following.):
    GEOL 1550. Oceanography (4) (F,S) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 5300. Geology of Coastal Processes and Environments (3) (P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor)
    GEOL 5350. Marine Geology (3) (P: GEOL 1550, 4010, 4011; or consent of instructor)
    Environmental Geology (Choose 7 s.h. from the following.):
    GEOL 1700. Environmental Geology (4) (F,S) (FC:SC)
    GEOL 5150. The Geologic Component of Environmental Science (3) (P: Introductory GEOL course or consent of instructor)
    GEOL 5450. Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry (3) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161)
    GEOL 5710, 5711. Ground-Water Hydrology (3,0) (P: GEOL 1500, 1501; or consent of instructor.
    General Geology:
    Choose 7 s.h. from any combination of GEOL courses
  4. Cognates - 28 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    Choose 9 s.h. of approved courses in calculus, statistics, and/or computer applications
    Choose 8 s.h. of approved BIOL, CHEM, and/or PHYS courses
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

NOTE: Students who plan to pursue graduate degrees in geology should complete a year of physics and a year of calculus.

Geology Minor


Minimum requirement for minor is 24 s.h. of GEOL courses. A minimum of 12 s.h. must be selected from courses numbered above 2999.

Geology Honors Program


A student desiring to enter the honors program in geology must satisfy the approved departmental criteria; junior standing with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; completion of a minimum of 20 s.h. in geology; a minimum 3.0 GPA in geology courses with no grade below C. See GEOL 4550, 4551, Honors Thesis.