BA in Geology

The BA degree program, providing flexible, broad training in the earth sciences, is for students who wish to combine the geology major with teacher preparation (K–12), environmental studies, land-use planning, science journalism, environmental law, natural resource management/business or similar majors. The BA degree also is suited to students discovering geology as an interest later in their college or life experience. This program represents a minimum proficiency. Students are strongly advised to elect additional courses in geology and supporting sciences if they are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the geosciences after earning the BA.

Program Requirements

A major with the BA requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in geology, including:

Required Core Courses
GEOL 102Earth Science and the Environment4
or GEOL 111 General Geology
GEOL 302Earth & Space Sciences3
GEOL 312Historical Geology4
GEOL 320Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy4
GEOL 526Sedimentary Geology3
GEOL 544Structural Geology3
Capstone Course
Select one of the following Capstone Courses:3-6
Geochemical Cycling
Field Geology
Geologic Perspectives on Climatic Change
Additional Courses
Select an additional 6 credit hours of electives chosen from the catalog listings for geology to match the student’s career interest and in consultation with an advisor from the geology department6
Required Supporting Sciences 1
STAT 370Elementary Statistics3
MATH 112Precalculus Mathematics3-5
or MATH 123 College Trigonometry
CHEM 103Introductory Chemistry5
or CHEM 211 General Chemistry I
PHYS 111Introductory Physics (if the student did not have high school physics)4
Total Credit Hours45-50

Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in environmental sciences should also consider taking PHYS 213 and PHYS 214, BIOL 210 and BIOL 418, CHEM 211 and CHEM 212, and MATH 242 or earning a BS degree in geology. PC 105 is recommended for students with little experience with computers.