Major in 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 4000 Mineralogy and Petrology (C- or better)
  • GEOL 4200 Structural Geology (C- or better)

Students must complete three of the following courses:

  • GEOL 2100 Hydrology and Chemistry of Natural Waters (C- or better)
  • GEOL 2200 Process Geomorphology (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3100 Solid Earth Geophysics (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3300 Applied Geophysics (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3200 Subsurface Mapping and Resource Evaluation (C- or better)

Students must take the following seminars:

  • GEOL 3901 Junior Geology Seminar (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3911 Junior Geology Seminar (C- or better)
  • GEOL 4921 Senior Geology Seminar (C- or better)
  • GEOL 4931 Senior Geology Seminar (C- or better)

Students must complete two field requirements:

Complete one of the following Field Geology I courses:

  • GEOL 3510 Geology of the Greater Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3520 Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C- or better)
  • GEOL 3530 Crossing the Appalachia: Folded Rocks (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 complete two courses with labs (8-credit hours) in two different disciplines chosen from the following list:

Biology:

  • BIOL 1020 General Zoology with Lab
  • BIOL 1010 General Botany with Lab
  • BIOL 2200 Ecology with Lab
  • BIOL 3200 Aquatic Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 3350 Conservation Biology with Lab

Chemistry:

  • CHEM 1213 and CHEM 1211 General Inorganic Chemistry I with Lab
  • CHEM 1223 and CHEM 1221 General Inorganic Chemistry II with Lab

Physics:

  • PHYS 1223 and PHYS 1221 College Physics I with Lab
  • PHYS 2003 and PHYS 2001 General Physics I with Lab
  • PHYS 1223 and PHYS 1221 College Physics II with Lab
  • PHYS 2013 and PHYS 2011 General Physics II with Lab

Students must complete the senior seminar and a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • Senior Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exam

Major in Geophysics

Students must take the following Geoscience courses:

  • GEOL 2000: Plate Tectonics and Earth History (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3000: Sedimentary Geology (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3100: Solid Earth Geophysics (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3300: Applied Geophysics (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3800: Directed Studies in Geophysics (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4000: Mineralogy and Petrology (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4200: Structural Geology (C- or higher)

Students must take the following seminars:

  • GEOL 3901: Junior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3911: Junior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4921: Senior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4931: Senior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • Students must complete one of the following Geoscience field courses:

  • GEOL 3510: Geology of the Greater Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3520: Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3530: Crossing the Appalachia: Folded Rocks (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4500: Field Geology II (C- or higher)

Students must take the following physics courses:

  • PHYS 2003: General Physics I (C- or higher)
  • PHYS 2001: General Physics Laboratory I (C- or higher)
  • PHYS 2013: General Physics II (C- or higher)
  • PHYS 2011: General Physics Laboratory II (C- or higher)

*Students must take the following mathematics courses:

  • MATH 1220: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (C- or higher)
  • MATH 2230: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (C- or higher)
  • MATH 2240: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (C- or higher)
  • MATH 2310: Introduction to Advanced Mathematics (C- or higher)
  • MATH 3/4###: student choice, must be 3000-level or above (C- or higher)
  • MATH 3/4###: student choice, must be 3000-level or above (C- or higher)

*These courses also meet the requirement for a minor in mathematics, 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 complete a senior research project and a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • Senior Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exam

Major in Environmental Science

Students must take one of the following introductory courses:

  • ENVS 1100: Environmental Science (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 1200: Geosystems (C- or higher)

Students must take one of the following Biology courses:

  • BIOL 1010: General Botany with Lab (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 1020: General Zoology with Lab (C- or higher)

Students must take the following required courses:

  • GEOL 2100: Hydrology and Chemistry of Natural Waters (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 1213: General Inorganic Chemistry I (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 1211: General Inorganic Chemistry Lab I (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 1223: General Inorganic Chemistry II (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 1221: General Inorganic Chemistry Lab II (C- or higher)

Students must take the following seminars:

  • GEOL 3901: Junior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3911: Junior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4921: Senior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 4931: Senior Geology Seminar (C- or higher)

Students must complete one of the following field courses from the following list, or as approved by the Department of Geosciences chair:

  • GEOL 3510: Geology of the Greater Yellowstone Geoecosystem (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3520: Earthquakes and Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3530: Crossing the Appalachia: Folded Rocks (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3210: Ecology of the Galapagos Islands (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3320: Biogeography of the American Southwest (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3230 Field Arachnology (C- or higher)

Students must complete seven courses about the environment from the list below:

  • BIOL 2200: Ecology with Lab (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3200: Aquatic Biology with Lab (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3320: Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods with Lab (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3350: Conservation Biology (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3370: Herpetology with Lab (C- or higher)
  • BIOL 3380: Wetland Ecology with Lab (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 2110 and CHEM 2111: Organic Chemistry with Lab I (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 2120 and CHEM 2121: Organic Chemistry with Lab II (C- or higher)
  • CHEM 3730: Environmental Chemistry (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 2200: Process Geomorphology (C- or higher)
  • GEOL 3300: Applied Geophysics (C- or higher)
  • MATH 1150: Elementary Statistics or CHEM 2310: Quantitative Analysis (C- or higher)

Students must take the following mathematics course:

  • MATH 1220: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (C- or higher)

Students must complete a senior research project and a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • Senior Research Project
  • 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)