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Geology Major, B.S.

B.S. degree
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Students are encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor to discuss alignment with their individual goals. Note additional MTH and PHY courses strongly recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school. A minor is encouraged but not required.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. In order to declare a Geology major or minor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, a student must meet with a Geology program advisor and successfully complete GEL 100, or GEL 130QR, or GEL 101 and GEL 102, or GEL 105 and GEL 102 with a minimum grade of B-.
  2. In order to remain a major or minor in the Geology program, students are required to maintain a minimum average 2.5 GPA in all of the major courses, including required prerequisite courses in Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Geography. Furthermore, students must meet the following competency qualifications:
    1. Written English Competency: To remain a major or minor in Geology, a student must have scored in at least the 80th percentile group on the university required Written English Competency Examination (CLEP) or earned a minimum grade of B- in English 101. Students not obtaining a minimum grade of B- in English 101 must have earned a minimum grade of B- in English 201. Students should be aware that this is more demanding than the general university competency requirement. Students transferring English competency or English composition course credits from another institution will be expected to meet the same standards required of CMU students.
    2. Oral English Competency: To remain a major or minor in Geology, a student must have earned a minimum grade of B- in COM 101 or one of its accepted substitutes (TAI 302, COM 267, COM 269, COM 357, TAI 170). Students transferring COM course credits from another institution will be expected to meet the same standard required of CMU students.
    3. Math Competency: To remain a major in Geology, a student must have successfully satisfied the CMU Mathematics Competency Requirement. Students transferring MTH course credits from another institution will be expected to meet the same standards required of CMU students.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (3-4 hours)

Introduction to the Geosciences

Select one of the following options:

Option A (4 hours)

GEL 101Physical Geology

3(3-0)

GEL 102Physical Geology Laboratory

1(0-2)

Option B (4 hours)

GEL 102Physical Geology Laboratory

1(0-2)

GEL 105Dangerous Planet

3(3-0)

Option C (3 hours)

GEL 100Introduction to Earth Systems

3(2-2)

Option D (3 hours)

GEL 130QREarth Processes

3(2-2)

Core Courses II (26 hours)

Geoscience Fundamentals

GEL 201Earth History

3(2-2)

GEL 280Geomath

2(0-4)

GEL 290Introduction to Geologic Investigation

3(2-2)

GEL 310Introductory Mineralogy

4(3-3)

GEL 340Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

3(2-3)

GEL 370Structural Geology

3(2-3)

GEL 450Geology Field Camp

5(Spec)

MET 101QROur Changing Climate

3(2-2)

Required Courses I (23 hours)

CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

GEL 250/MET 250Geoscience Mapping and Resource Evaluation

3(3-0)

GEO 203QRIntroduction to Geographic Information Science

3(2-2)

MTH 132Calculus I

4(4-0)

PHY 145QRUniversity Physics I

4(4-0)

PHY 175University Physics Laboratory I

1(0-2)

Note: In addition, students interested in pursuing graduate school are strongly recommended to take MTH 133 - Calculus II (4 hours) and PHY 146 - University Physics II (4 hours).

Required Courses II (6 hours)

Advanced Geoscience

GEL 321Petrology

3(2-3)

GEL 430Invertebrate Paleontology

3(2-3)

Required Courses III (6 hours)

Select two of the following courses:

GEL 372Introduction to Geophysics

3(2-3)

GEL 380WIHydrogeology

3(2-3)

GEL 385Introductory Petroleum Geology

3(2-2)

GEL 420Applied Geostatistics

3(2-2)

GEL 460Geochemistry

3(3-0)

GEL 550Economic Geology

3(2-3)

Electives (3 hours)

Select one or more of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:

GEL 275Special Problems in Geology

1(Spec)

GEL 304Earth Resources

3(3-0)

GEL 305Engineering Geology

3(3-0)

GEL 308Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes

3(3-0)

GEL 325Glacial Morphology and Landforms

3(3-0)

GEL 397Independent Study

1-3(Spec)

GEL 406WISenior Thesis

3(Spec)

GEL 413Geomorphology

3(3-0)

GEL 502Aqueous Geochemistry

3(3-0)

GEL 505Low Temperature Isotope Geochemistry

4(4-0)

GEL 597Independent Study

1-6(Spec)

OR choose any course from Required Courses III listed above, without double counting.

Total: 67-68 semester hours