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.

The BA program has less rigorous mathematics and physics requirements and less comprehensive geology requirements than the BS in Geology; therefore, the BS is the more appropriate option for students considering graduate study in geology.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOL 104Physical Geology 4
MATH 166 or MATH 141Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II or Finite Mathematics 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
GEOL 106Historical Geology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
GEOL 203Mineralogy 4
GEOP 341Global Geophysics 3
PHYS 201 or PHYS 218College Physics or Mechanics 4
Minor elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
GEOL 302Introduction to Petrology 4
GEOL 309Introduction to Geological Field Methods 3
PHYS 202 or PHYS 208College Physics or Electricity and Optics 4
Minor elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/Political science
Geology elective 24
Minor elective 13
Social and behavioral science elective 43
Technical elective 34
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
GEOL 306Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
GEOL 311Principles of Geological Writing 1
GEOL 312Structural Geology and Tectonics 4
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/Political science
Geology elective 24
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
GEOL 330Geologic Field Trips 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/Political science
Creative arts elective 43
General elective 53
Geology elective 24
Minor elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/Political science
General elective 53
Language, philosophy and culture elective 43
Minor elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Fifteen hours of electives must be selected in a minor. Electives must be chosen in consultation with advisor.

2

Any 300- or 400-level geology or geophysics course not already required.

3

Any science, math, engineering or social science course that augments the degree with the approval of the advisor.

4

Six hours must be selected from courses that also satisfy the international and cultural diversity requirement.

5

General electives may not include STLC 100-499; SLCX 100-499; DEVS 100-499; BUSN 100; ENGL 103; GEOL 101-104; KINE 198, KINE 199; MATH 102, MATH 131, MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 166, MATH 171; AERS 100-499; MLSC 100-499; NVSC 100-499; SOMS 100-499.