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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
GEOL 2000 Geochemical Cycles, Earth System
4
Fall
GEOL 2010 Mineralogy
3
GEOL 2020 Intro to Petrology
2
Spring
GEOL 2100 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
4
Fall
GEOL 2080 General Field Geology
3
Fall
GEOL 4820 Capstone
3
C3
Spring
LIFE 1010 General Biology
4
PN
CHEM 1020 General Chemistry I
4
PN
PHYS 1110 General Physics I
4
PN
MATH 1405 Trigonometry or MATH 1450 Algebra/Trig
3-5
Q
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 2050 Principles of Paleontology
3
Spring
GEOL 2070 Introduction to Oceanography
4
Fall
GEOL 3005 Principles of Geophysics or GEOL 2005 Introduction to Geophysics
4
Fall
GEOL 3400 Geologic Hazards
4
Spring
GEOL 3500 Global Change
4
GEOL 3600 Earth and Mineral Resources
4
Fall
GEOL 3650 Energy: A Geological Perspective
4
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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Department of Geology and Geophysics

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307-766-3386

Fax: 307-766-6679

Email: geol-geophys@uwyo.edu

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