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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Undergraduate

BA in Geology and Earth Sciences

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The Bachelor of Arts in Geology and Earth Science is specifically designed for undergraduates who wish to study Earth Sciences as a foundation for careers in a variety of areas, such as environmental law, natural resource business, land use planning, Earth science education, science journalism, and many government positions. The B.A. program includes a broad spectrum of courses and focuses both on information about the Earth, and on how society makes decisions that affect the Earth system.

Students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all geology and allied courses. Additionally, all prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or better before progressing to the next level of geology courses.

Required Courses      
A. Each of the following of the following: Credit Hours USP Taught
GEOL 1000-level introductory geology lab course(s) 4–8 SE  
GEOL 2000 Geochemical Cycles, Earth System 4 SE Fall
GEOL 2100 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 4 SE Fall
GEOL 2080 or 3080 General Field Geology 3 SE Fall
GEOL 4820 Capstone 3 WC Spring
LIFE 1010 General Biology 4 SB  
CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I 4 SP  
PHYS 1110 General Physics I 4 SP  
MATH 1405 Trigonometry or MATH 1450 Algebra/Trig 3–5 QA  
       
B. 6 courses from the following list:      
ATSC 2000 Meteorology or GEOG 3450 Weather and Climate 4 or 3    
ECON 2400 Economics of the Environment 3    
GEOG 3010 Landforms and Soils 3    
GEOL 2005 Introduction to Geophysics 4   Spring
GEOL 2050 Principles of Paleontology 3   Spring
GEOL 2070 Introduction to Oceanography 4   Fall
GEOL 3400 Geologic Hazards 4 SE Spring
GEOL 3500 Global Change 4    
GEOL 3600 Earth and Mineral Resources 4 SE,G Fall
GEOL 3650 Energy: A Geological Perspective 4 SE,G Spring
GEOL 4444 Geohydrology 4    
GEOL 4490 Geochemistry 3   Spring
GEOL 4610 Structural Geology and Tectonics 4   Fall
GEOL 4835 Applied/Exploration Geophysics 3   Spring
POLS 4051 Environmental Politics and Admin 3 WC  
SOIL 4120 Genesis, Morphology, Classification of Soils 4   Fall
ECON 4400 Environmental Economics or ECON 4410 Natural Resource Economics 3    
       
C. Additional 12 hours of electives with advisor consultation, at least 6 hours of which must be taken outside of the Department of Geology & Geophysics.

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