Department Handbook

Requirements for the Major in Geology

The major consists of nine courses. Four core courses are required of all majors:

These requirements are for the graduating class of 2009 and beyond. Geology majors graduating in 2007 or 2008 are given the choice of adopting these new requirements or continuing with the previous requirements referred to in the 2005-2006 course catalog. There are catalogs located in the Geology Department.

Geology 101, 202, 275 or 276, and 393. In addition, to experience the breadth of the discipline, one course must be taken from courses emphasizing the solid earth (220,241,262,265) and one course must be taken from courses emphasizing oceans and surface processes (250,255,267,271,272). The three remaining elective courses for the major may be selected from the geology courses offered in the department. Note that: a) 100 or 103--not both--may be counted toward the three elective courses; b) up to two approved study away courses may be counted toward the three elective courses; c) all courses to be counted toward the major need to be completed with a C- or better; d) independent study does not normally count toward the major requirements; and e) AP Environmental Science is not accepted toward the major--students may consult Environmental Studies for possible credit. Geology majors are advised that most graduate schools in the earth and environmental sciences require the equivalent of Chemistry 109, Physics 103, and Mathematics 171.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of four courses in Geology, including 101,202,275/276 and one other geology course. All courses to be counted toward the minor need to be completed with a C- or better.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department participates in formal interdisciplinary programs in geology and physics and in geology and chemistry

Honors Guidelines (pdf)

Department Resources and Forms

Authorization to Drive Form

Boating Float Plan 

Major Advising Form 

Off Campus Study Form 

Recommendation Request Form 

Transfer of Credit Form 

Vehicle Request Form