Major in Geology with a Concentration in Exploration Geology

Students must take one introductory (1000-level) Geology course, of student choice.

  • GEOL 1XXX (C or better)

Students must take the following classes:

  • GEOL 2000 Plate Tectonics and Earth History (C or better)
  • GEOL 3000 Sedimentary Geology (C or better)
  • GEOL 3200 Subsurface Mapping and Resource Evaluation (C or better)
  • GEOL 4000 Mineralogy and Petrology (C or better)
  • GEOL 4200 Structural Geology (C or better)

Students must take one geophysics course from list below:

  • GEOL 3100 Applied Geophysics (C or better)
  • GEOL 3300 Solid Earth Geophysics (C or better)

Students must take the following seminars:

  • GEOL 3901 (C or better)
  • GEOL 3911 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4921 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4931 (C or better)

Students must complete two field requirements (I and II):

Complete one of the following Field Geology I courses:

  • GEOL 3510 Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C or better)
  • GEOL 3520 Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C or better)
  • GEOL 3530 Folded Rocks—Crossing the Appalachia (C or better)

Complete the following Field Geology II course, or another equivalent as determined by the department chair:

  • GEOL 4500 Field Geology II (C or better)

Students must also take one additional geology course of student choice, at the 2000-level or 3000-level above.

  • GEOL XXXX (C or better)

Students pursuing a B.S. (not B.A.) degree with a major in Geology and a concentration in exploration geology are recommended to take the following classes as part of their Compass Curriculum:

  • MATH 1220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • CHEM 1213 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1211 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1223 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • PHYS 1203 College Physics I
  • PHYS 1201 College Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 1213 College Physics II
  • PHYS 1211 College Physics Laboratory II

Students must also complete a comprehensive exam in their major.

Major in Geology with a Concentration in Environmental Geology

Students must take one introductory (1000-level) Geology course, of student choice.

  • GEOL 1XXX (C or better)

Students must take following courses:

  • ENVS 1100 Environmental Issues of the 21st Century (C or better)
  • GEOL 2000 Plate Tectonics and Earth History (C or better)
  • GEOL 2100 Hydrology and Chemistry of Natural Waters (C or better)
  • GEOL 3000 Sedimentary Geology (C or better)
  • GEOL 3100 Process Geomorphology (C or better)
  • GEOL 4000 Mineralogy and Petrology (C or better)
  • GEOL 4200 Structural Geology (C or better)

Students must take one geophysics course:

  • GEOL 3100 Applied Geophysics (C or better)
  • GEOL 3300 Solid Earth Geophysics (C or better)

Students must complete the seminars below:

  • GEOL 3901 (C or better)
  • GEOL 3911 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4921 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4931 (C or better)

Students must complete two field requirements (I and II):

Complete one of the following Field Geology I courses:

  • GEOL 3510 Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C or better)
  • GEOL 3520 Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C or better)
  • GEOL 3530 Folded Rocks—Crossing the Appalachia (C or better)

Complete the following Field Geology II course, or another equivalent as determined by the department chair:

  • GEOL 4500 Field Geology II (C or better)

Students pursuing a B.S. (not B.A.) degree with a major in Geology and a concentration in environmental geology are recommended to take the following classes as part of their Compass Curriculum. If the student is interested in attending graduate school, it is recommended that the student take PHYS 1203 and PHYS 1201 and PHYS 1213 and PHYS 1211 instead of the biology courses.

  • CHEM 1213 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1211 General Chemistry with Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1223 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1221 General Chemistry with Laboratory II
  • BIOL XXXX (student choice with lab)
  • BIOL XXXX (student choice with lab)
  • MATH 1210 Survey of Calculus

Students must also complete a comprehensive exam in their major.

Major in Geology with a Concentration in Geophysics

Students must take one introductory (1000-level) Geology course, of student choice.

  • GEOL 1XXX (C or better)

Students must take the following courses:

  • GEOL 2000 Plate Tectonics and Earth History (C or better)
  • GEOL 3000 Sedimentary Geology (C or better)
  • GEOL 3100 Applied Geophysics (C or better)
  • GEOL 3300 Solid Earth Geophysics (C or better)
  • GEOL 4000 Mineralogy and Petrology (C or better)
  • GEOL 4200 Structural Geology (C or better)

Students must take the following seminars:

  • GEOL 3901 (C or better)
  • GEOL 3911 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4921 (C or better)
  • GEOL 4931 (C or better)

Students must complete two field requirements:

Complete one of the following Field Geology I courses:

  • GEOL 3510 Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C or better)
  • GEOL 3520 Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C or better)
  • GEOL 3530 Folded Rocks—Crossing the Appalachia (C or better)

Complete the following Field Geology II course, or another equivalent as determined by the department chair:

  • GEOL 4500 Field Geology II (C or better)

Students must take the following mathematics courses:

  • MATH 1220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH 2230 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH 2XXX (student choice, must be 2000 level or above)

*Students must also take the following physics courses:

  • PHYS 2003 General Physics I
  • PHYS 2001 General Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 2013 General Physics II
  • PHYS 2011 General Physics Laboratory II
  • PHYS 3000 Modern Physics
  • PHYS XXXX (of student choice)
  • PHYS XXXX (of student choice)

*These courses also meet the requirement for a minor in physics, and students are encouraged to file declaration of their minor with the Office of Records so it is indicated on the student’s official transcript.

Students must also complete a comprehensive exam in their major.

Field Requirements: Field courses may be taken at Millsaps or through another college or university with approval from the department chair.

Senior Research Project: All geology majors are required to complete a Senior Research Project (SRP), in addition to the coursework required for the major. Work on the project typically begins during the junior year and the successful completion and presentation, both written and oral, of the SRP is the principle component of the departmental comprehensive exam.

Minor in Geology

Students must take one introductory (1000-level) Geology course, of student choice.

  • GEOL 1XXX (C or better)

Students must take the following course:

  • GEOL 2000 Plate Tectonics and Earth History (C or better)

Students must take one additional 2000-level Geology course, of student choice:

  • GEOL 2XXX (C or better)

Students must take two additional 3000-level Geology courses, of student choice.

  • GEOL 3XXX (C or better)
  • GEOL 3XXX (C or better)