Geology students walking to the glacier on a field course.

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

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