Geology Degree Requirements
If you encounter a scheduling conflict, please contact a geology faculty member to discuss your options.
Major: A minimum of 12.5 courses, including:
- Introductory courses: Physical Geology (GEO 111) and one other 100-level course
- Core courses: Mineralogy (GEO 212), Tectonics (GEO 214), Paleontology (GEO 217), Igneous Petrology (GEO 306), Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEO 324), Metamorphic Petrology (GEO 307), Earth Surface Systems (GEO 320)
- Field Course: The Bahamas (GEO 255), New Zealand (GEO 329)
- Advanced Course: Either Origin of Mountains (GEO 325), Paleoecology (GEO 317), or Climates of the Ice Age (GEO 322)
- Research Course: (GEO 485)
- Two (2) quarter credits in GEO 511 in association with preparing for research and presenting your results.
Minor: A minimum of seven course credits including:
- Introductory Courses: Physical Geology (GEO 111) and one other 100-level course
- Mineralogy (GEO 212), Tectonics (GEO 214), Paleontology (GEO 217)
- Electives: two electives at or above the 200-level; at least one must be 300 or 400 level
Recommended: Although not required, we recommend courses in supporting math and sciences.
- Statistical Methods
- Single and Multi Variable Calculus
- Chemical Principles I and II
- Introductory Physics I and II