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- Course Descriptions
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Geology is a dynamic discipline, intimately related to the proper management of earth resources and the human environment. The program prepares the student to function upon graduation as a professional geologist, or to continue his studies on the graduate level. In addition, geology majors may prepare for careers as high-school science teachers. Knowledge of the earth has assumed critical importance because of the imminent depletion of many natural resources and the rapid deterioration of the physical environment. Shortages in fossil fuels, metals and industrial minerals have opened excellent job opportunities for graduates with a Geology degree. In addition, Federal and State environment regulations are requiring more geological information than ever before. Oil and mining companies, consulting firms, federal, state and city agencies are employing our graduates at present. The objectives of the geology curriculum are to provide the student with a scientific understanding of earth materials, their properties, arrangement and distribution, as well as the dynamic processes that affect them; the historical dimension of the earth and its inhabitants and the evolutionary processes that shaped them; the geologist's role in the proper planning for use of earth resources and the maintenance of the quality of the environment.
Major Discipline Requirements
Required Foundation Courses
|CHEM111||Principles of Chemistry II||3.5|
|CHEM112||Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory||1.5|
|GEOL217||Earth History with Paleontology***||5|
|Choose 8 credits from the following electives:|
|GEOL282||Weather and Climate||3|
|GEOL340||Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation||2|
|GEOL341||Ground Water Hydrology||2|
|GEOL342||Rock and Soil Mechanics||2|
|GEOL343||Ore Deposits and Ore Evaluation||2|
|GEOL344||Industrial Minerals and Fossil Fuels||2|
|GEOL346||Laboratory Techniques in Geology||2|
|GEOL349||Assessment of Environment Impact||1|
|EHS140||Introduction to Environmental Sciences||3|
|EHS340||Pollution Control Technology||3|
|EHS420||Water Quality Analysis and Management||4|
|EHS426||Solid Waste Management||3|
|EHS432||Application of GIS in Environmental Health Science||4|
Choose eight to ten credits consisting of two of the following lecture groups:
|8 - 10|
|BIO201||Biological Principles I||4|
|BIO202||Biological Principles II||4|
|PHYS113||Physics I Laboratory*||1|
|PHYS117||University Physics I||4|
|PHYS114||Physics II Laboratory*||1|
|PHYS118||University Physics II||4|
Choose at least four credits from the following courses:
|MATH111||Introduction to Statistics and Probability||4|
|MATH122||Analytic Geometry and Calculus II||4|
|MATH172||Introduction to Computing||4|
|MATH121||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||4|
Geology majors should take Chemistry 108, 109 and Mathematics 121 (or approved equivalent) as part of their general education requirement.
*Geology majors may use Physics 151 and Physics 152 instead of Physics 113, 114, 117 and 118 to satisfy the Physics Track requirement.
**Geology 110 and 207 may be substituted for Geology 140.
***Geology 213 and 305 may be substituted for Geology 217.
All Geology majors must take CHEM 108, CHEM 109 and MATH 121 to fulfill General Education Requirements. Transfer students majoring in Geology must complete these courses even if they have earned an Associate degree where all general education/Pathways requirements have been waived. MATH 119/120 is a prerequisite to MATH 121.
B.S. with Honors in Geology
Eligibility: A 300-level Geology course and a 3.0 average in all Geology courses. Approval by the Faculty of the Geology Discipline.
Requirements for Graduation with Honors:
- Successful completion of the Geology Major Discipline requirements and a 3.0 average in all Geology courses.
- Successful completion of 6 credits of 400-level courses in the Geology Discipline consisting of independent research under the supervision of a faculty member and successful presentation of a thesis to the faculty members of the Geology Discipline.
- Certification by the Faculty of the Geology Discipline.