Geology - BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Geology provides a foundation in geology for students who are not planning a career as a geologist. This program provides a basis for science-related careers, such as environmental law, pre-college teaching, science journalism, and resource management and marketing. Graduates will supplement their curriculum in geology with a minor designed around their career goals. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in one discipline, to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Because the BA program has less rigorous mathematics and physics requirements and less comprehensive geology requirements, the BS is considered the appropriate option for students considering graduate study in geology.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 104 Physical Geology 4
MATH 166
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II
or Finite Mathematics
3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
GEOL 106 Historical Geology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
Communication elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
GEOL 203 Mineralogy 4
GEOP 341 Fundamentals of Geophysics 3
PHYS 201
College Physics
or Mechanics
4
Minor elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
GEOL 302 Introduction to Petrology 4
GEOL 309 Introduction to Geological Field Methods 3
PHYS 202
College Physics
or Electricity and Optics
4
Minor elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
Geology elective 2 4
Minor elective 1 3
Social and behavioral science elective 4 3
Technical elective 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
GEOL 306 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
GEOL 311 Principles of Geological Writing 1
GEOL 312 Structural Geology and Tectonics 4
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
Geology elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
GEOL 330 Geologic Field Trips 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
Creative arts elective 4 3
General elective 5 3
Geology elective 2 4
Minor elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
General elective 5 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 4 3
Minor elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120