Department of Geosciences
Geology and Geography are the sciences of the Earth, its environments, peoples, and cultures.
Geology is one of the most exciting and rewarding areas of study. Understanding the Earth's dynamics, composition, and environment is accomplished through an interdisciplinary curriculum including geology, geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and soil science.
Opportunities for a career in geology have never been better. Areas of environmental science, petroleum, mining, water and land resources, volcanology, paleontology, and glacial geology offer rewarding careers with a completed bachelor’s degree. Many students continue study at the graduate level.
Curriculum requirements include a departmental core of 45 credits, including year-long sequences in calculus, chemistry, and physics, as well as computer science.
A typical first year for all geology majors includes physical geology, the Earth through time, and year-long sequences in English, mathematics, and chemistry.
Note: Majors planning on graduate studies should be aware that a summer field camp course may be required for graduate admission. This course is recommended to be taken during the summer following the junior or senior year. Information on field camp courses and a small departmental scholarship to support these studies may be obtained from an adviser.
A minor in Geology consists of at least 18 credits of geology courses selected in consultation with a minor adviser. Selected geography and soil science courses may be substituted for geology courses.
Earth Science Education Major
Teaching Option: Curriculum emphasis is on the teaching of Earth science. Students preparing for teaching Earth science in the secondary schools must follow the School of Education curriculum.
Students interested in Earth Science Education are encouraged to declare a double major in their discipline and in education (i.e., Earth Science and Geology). Such double majors may typically be earned by successful completion of a few additional credits. Students should contact their advisers or the Office of Registration and Records for details, and are encouraged to declare their primary and secondary majors with the Office of Registration and Records, 110 Ceres Hall.
Environmental Geology Minor
As environmental stewardship becomes an increasingly important aspect of all career paths, the Environmental Geology minor complements and enhances a wide range of majors. Students interested in the Earth and the environment are invited to consider this rewarding and challenging minor. Geology majors may not minor in Environmental Geology.
Emphases in the Geography minor program are: (a) gaining an understanding of the geographic perspective, and (b) acquiring skills in the use of spatial analysis tools (such as geographic information systems (GIS), computer mapping, and other computer applications).
A Geography minor may be taken in conjunction with a variety of majors such as social science and secondary education. Minor requirements are 18 credits selected in consultation with the geography adviser. Students preparing for teaching geography in the secondary schools should follow the School of Education curriculum.