Department of Geology, College of Sciences and Technology
This program is recommended for students who are interested in applications of physics as a means of understanding a range of geological processes. Geophysics is distinct from Geology in that a more intensive set of Math and Physics courses, and applications of these skills, are required. Students who complete this degree will be prepared to continue to graduate studies in geology, geophysics, planetary geology/geophysics, physics, or other related fields, or to enter into industry. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a senior thesis project as part of this degree, providing them with an excellent capstone experience. Declaration of this major requires GEOL 211, and a completed advising session with a Geophysics faculty advisor.
Admission and Declaration Process
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 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.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.