The major in geology provides students with an understanding of the materials that make up the Earth, the history of the Earth, and physical, chemical, and biological processes that have operated on and within the Earth throughout its history.
The major consists of a minimum of twelve courses including: EENS 1110/1115 – Physical Geology, 1120/1125 – Earth History, 2110 – Mineralogy, 2120 – Petrology, 3270 – Sedimentation & Stratigraphy, 3410 – Structural Geology, 3990 – Field Camp, 3090 – Paleontology, and four additional courses above the 4000 level,including accompanying laboratories where scheduled. COLQ-4120 (Grand Canyon Colloquium) can count as one of these electives. Students must earn a C- or better in 2110 to qualify for further enrollment in EENS courses.
All majors must complete Chemistry 1070 and 1080 and accompanying laboratories 1170 and 1180; and Physics 1210 and 1220, or 1310 and 1320, with laboratories. Mathematics taken to meet the B.S. degree requirement must be Calculus 1210 and 1220, or Consolidated Calculus 1310. These supporting science and mathematics courses may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.
In the junior and senior years, students preparing to enter graduate school in geology or paleontology are strongly urged to elect additional courses in their major field. It should be noted that such preparation may result in students' attaining more than the total number of credits required for graduation (see provisions for earning graduate credit in the senior year).
All majors are expected to participate in certain departmental activities including departmental field trips held annually or semiannually, and special lecture programs with visiting speakers.
A minor in geology consists of five courses and accompanying laboratories as follows: EENS 1110/1115, 2110, another 2000 level course, plus two courses at or above the 3000 level.
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