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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Undergraduate

BS in Geology Program

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The Bachelor of Science in Geology is designed for those who intend to become professional geologists and/or those who plan to attend a graduate school in geosciences. The program includes courses normally expected of graduate school applicants, including a geology field course (summer) and courses in related sciences and mathematics. This degree program prepares students for the examination for the professional geologist license.

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.

I. Geology Core Courses Credit Hours USP Taught
One of the following:      
GEOL 1005 Earth History OR 4 S Spring
GEOL 1100 Physical Geology OR 4 SE Fall, Spring
GEOL 1200 Historical Geology 4 SE Fall
GEOL 1500 Water, Dirt, Climate 4 SE Fall
And each of the following:      
GEOL 2000 Geochemical Cycles, Earth System 4 SE Fall
GEOL 2010 Mineralogy 3   Fall
GEOL 2020 Petrology 2   Spring
GEOL 2100 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4   Fall
GEOL 3005 Principles of Geophysics or GEOL 2005 Introduction to Geophysics 4   Fall
GEOL 4610 Structural Geology and Tectonics 4   Fall
GEOL 4717 Field Course in Geology (to be taken in 1 of the last 2 summers at UW) 6   Summer
GEOL 4820 Capstone 3 WC Spring
II. Additional 18 credit hours in Geology courses at 2000 level and above.      
III. Allied Math and Sciences (20 credits)      
CHEM 1020 or 1050 General Chemistry I 4 SP  
CHEM 1030 or 1060 General Chemistry II 4 SP  
MATH 2200 Calculus I 4 QB  
MATH 2205 Calculus II OR 4    
MATH 2250 Elementary Linear Algebra 4    
GEOL 4525 Environmental Data Analysis 4    
PHYS 1110 or 1210 General or Engineering Physics 4 SP  

NOTE: This degree program represents a minimum proficiency. Students are strongly advised to elect additional courses in geology.

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