Jul 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology and Environmental Studies Major, BS – Geology Concentration

The Geology concentration is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of rock forming minerals; the physical, chemical, and biological processes involved in rock formation (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic); the biologic and tectonic evolution of the Earth; field recognition of geologic processes; and the composition and evolution of extraterrestrial planets. Students then select a suite of upper-level electives to enhance interests in specific geologic disciplines.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences  


Students wishing to declare their major in Geology and Environmental Studies should do so at the earliest opportunity.


Concentration Requirements

Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. A maximum of 3 hours of GEOL 493  may count toward the major.

Honors Concentration – Geology

Students who have completed five upper-division courses in either the Geology or Environmental Studies concentration and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 are encouraged to pursue an honors concentration. In addition to fulfilling all requirements for their preferred concentration, an honors concentration requires 3 hours of GEOL 491 , GEOL 492 , or GEOL 493 ; 3 hours of GEOL 497  during which students will complete written and oral presentation of thesis results; and an additional 9 hours of honors coursework (including honors-by-contract). A GPA of at least 3.25 must be maintained throughout matriculation. Interested students should consult their academic advisor for details.



* Meets University General Education Requirement