Geological Sciences Major

Scott Giorgis, Chair (ISC 235A)

Distinguished Service Professor: R. Young. Professors: D. J. Over; Associate Professor: S. Giorgis; Assistant Professors: D. Farthing, B. Laabs, A. Sheldon.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total credit hours required to complete major: 65-68

Basic Requirements
36 semester hours
 
GSCI 111
Geological Sciences I
4
 
GSCI 112
Geological Sciences II
4
 
GSCI 210
Mineralogy
3
 
GSCI 220
Petrology
3
 
GSCI 331
Geomorphology
3
 
GSCI 341
Principles of Structural Geology
3
 
GSCI 351
Stratigraphy
3
 
GSCI 361
Invertebrate Paleontology
3
 
GSCI 391
Geological Sciences Seminar
1
 
Electives by advisement
9
Related Requirements
29–32 semester hours
 
CHEM 116/117, 118, 125 OR 120/121, 122, 125
8
 
PHYS 123/124 and 125/126
8
 
MATH 221
4
 
MATH 222 or a Department-approved substitute in
mathematics or computer science
3-4
 
Biology 117, 118, 119, 120 (or, with Department
approval, electives in another natural science,
mathematics, or computer science)
6–8
Total hours as outlined
 
Major Department requirements
36 hours
 
Related requirements
29-32 hours

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C– or better is required for each of the following courses: GSCI 111, 112, 210, 220, 331, 341, 351, 361, and 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, 331, 351, 361 (required courses) or GSCI 310, 332, 345, 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, he/she will be required to enroll in a course that emphasizes writing skills. [It could be a regularly scheduled course or a directed study course.]