Department of Geology, College of Sciences and Technology
This program is recommended for students who are preparing to become professional geologists and intend to enter industry or enroll in a graduate program upon completion of the degree.
Students intending to pursue graduate study are strongly advised to take Math 224 or 204, PHYS 123 and other science support courses appropriate to the specialty.
Students must complete both the Core Program and one of the three concentrations.
Admission and Declaration Process
Declaration of Major
Some 300-level geology courses give preference to majors during Phase I of registration, so it is important to declare a major as early as possible.
Students are admitted to the BA or BS major once they have completed Geol 211. (NOTE: Grades of D-, D, or D+ are not acceptable for major and supporting courses.) Students must apply to the department for admission to the major.
This option is designed to provide students with a general background in the surficial and hydrologic processes required for the involvement in site assessments, groundwater investigations, hazard evaluations, watershed analyses, stream characterization and restoration, land use planning, location of waste disposal sites and other projects that involve the Earth and the activities of humankind. This option is also suitable preparation for graduate work in geology or environmental sciences.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.