Undergraduate Program

Undergraduates can choose from three concentrations that reflect the strengths of our program: coastal and marine geology, environmental geology, and general geology.  As a culmination of their undergraduate careers, geology majors attend a six-week summer field course in New Mexico and Colorado.

Geology field work -marine
Geology field work -environment
General Geology field work

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Program Coordinator
Dr. David Mallinson,
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BS in Geology Degree Requirements

A total of 120 student credit hours (s.h.) is required for graduation.

1. General education requirements – 40 s.h.
General education program information

2. Core – 42 s.h.

  • GEOL 1500 – Dynamic Earth
  • GEOL 1501 – Dynamic Earth Laboratory
  • GEOL 1600 – Earth and Life Through Time
  • GEOL 2000 – Quantitative Methods in the Geological Sciences
  • GEOL 3050 – Mineralogy and Petrology I
  • GEOL 3051 – Mineralogy and Petrology I Laboratory
  • GEOL 3150 – Mineralogy and Petrology II
  • GEOL 3151 – Mineralogy and Petrology II Laboratory
  • GEOL 3200 – Introduction to Field Methods
  • GEOL 3201 – Introduction to Field Methods
  • GEOL 3300 – Structural Geology
  • GEOL 3301 – Structural Geology Laboratory
  • GEOL 4000 – Summer Field Course in Geology
  • GEOL 4010 – Sedimentology
  • GEOL 4011 – Sedimentology Laboratory
  • GEOL 4020 – Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 4021 – Stratigraphy Laboratory
  • GEOL 4200 – Paleontology
  • GEOL 4201 – Paleontology Laboratory

3. Concentrations- 7 s.h.
(Choose one.)

  • Coastal and marine geology concentration:
    (Choose 7 s.h. from the following.)

    • GEOL 1550 – Oceanography
    • GEOL 3700 – Advanced Oceanography
    • GEOL 5300 – Geology of Coastal Processes and Environments
    • GEOL 5350 – Marine Geology OR other approved GEOL courses
  • Environmental geology concentration:
    (Choose 7 s.h. from the following.)

    • GEOL 1700 – Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 3209 – Environmental Forensics
    • GEOL 3210 – Environmental Forensics Laboratory
    • GEOL 3500 – Hydrogeology and the Environment
    • GEOL 5150 – The Geologic Component of Environmental Science
    • GEOL 5450 – Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry
    • GEOL 5451 – Aqueous Geochemistry Laboratory
    • GEOL 5710 – Ground Water Hydrology
    • GEOL 5711 – Ground Water Hydrology Laboratory OR other approved GEOL courses
  • General geology concentration:
    • Choose 7 s.h. from any combination of GEOL courses. At least one course must be above 2999.

4. Cognates – 25 s.h.

  • CHEM 1150 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1151 – General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1160 – General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1161 – General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • MATH 1065 – College Algebra choose 6 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.

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


  • GEOL 1500 (3 hours)
  • GEOL 1501 (1 hour)
  • 4 s.h. of GEOL 1000-level courses
  • 10 s.h. of GEOL courses numbered above 1999

General Education Natural Sciences Courses

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