Feb 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geological Sciences, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, describe, and interpret Earth materials, and evaluate the physical, geometric, and temporal relationships.

  2. Recognize and interpret the origin and evolution of erosional or constructional landscapes (e.g., fluvial, glacial, arid, coastal, volcanic, deformational) within the context of modern tectonics and climatic concepts.

  3. Recognize and utilize the laws of superposition and faunal succession in deciphering Earth history.

  4. Use appropriate field and analytical tools for the purpose of data collection and analysis.

  5. Critically evaluate data and interpretations, and succinctly communicate data and observations using spreadsheets, graphical and/or spatial analysis tools.

  6. Access and utilize the geologic literature.

  7. Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats as well as be comfortable with the language of geology.

  8. Create, read, and interpret topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross-sections.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 67-70

Related Requirements: 21-24 credits


*Three credits of GSCI 393   or GSCI 399   can substitute for one 300-level elective class. Adolescence Certification majors can substitute GSCI 200 for a 300-level elective.

**Students seeking Certification in Adolescence Education (7-12): Earth Science and General Education may satisfy this requirement with approved classes in meteorology and astronomy

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: GSCI 160 , GSCI 161 , GSCI 170 , GSCI 210 , GSCI 220 , GSCI 331 , GSCI 341 , GSCI 351 , GSCI 361 , and GSCI 391 .

Department Writing Requirement

A portfolio of student term papers will be established. It will contain papers submitted as partial fulfillment of requirements in the following courses: GSCI 220 , GSCI 341 , GSCI 351 , GSCI 361  (required courses) or GSCI 310 , GSCI 332 , GSCI 335 , GSCI 343 , GSCI 345 , GSCI 347  (electives). Prior to the student’s final semester, the Department will, as a group, review at least three papers in the portfolio. If the faculty agree the work is satisfactory, the student will have successfully completed the writing requirement. Should review of the papers indicate that the student’s writing skills are not acceptable, she, he, or they will be required to enroll in a course that emphasizes writing skills. [It could be a regularly scheduled course or a directed study course.]

For further information, please contact your advisor or the Department Chair.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Second Year

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.
*BIOL 116  can be taken in conjunction with BIOL 117  or BIOL 119 .
**CHEM 119  can be taken in conjunction with CHEM 116  or CHEM 203  or CHEM 118  or CHEM 204  

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