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Program Requirements

Geology majors must complete 42-45 credits in Geology, 38-41 credits in other math and science courses, and satisfy all core curriculum requirements.

Geology Requirements (credits)

GLY 1 The Dynamic Earth* (4)
GLY 2 History of the Earth (4)
GLY 21 Mineralogy (4)
GLY 24 Optical Mineralogy (2)
GLY 22 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)
GLY 13 Structural Geology (4)
GLY 41 Paleontology (4)
GLY 43 Sedimentology (4)
GLY 33 Field Geology
(three weeks) plus 3 advanced Geology electives** (12-15)
Total credits: 42-45

Other Math and Science Requirements (credits)

BIO 103 General Biology I (4)
CHM 3, 4 Principles of Chemistry (8)
PHY 3, 4 University Physics 3 and 4 (8)
ERS 1 Earth Science I (4)
MTH 7, 8 calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II (8)
Two courses from BIO 104 General Biology II, Basic Statistics (3), MTH 23 Foundations of Statistical Analysis (3), MTH 41 (BIO 41) Biostatistics (3), CS 111 (6-9)
Total credits: 38-41

Advanced Geology Electives (credits)

GLY 11 Marine Geology (3)
GLY 12 Oceanography (3)
GLY 14 Geomorphology (4)
GLY 15 The Geology of Groundwater Resources (3)
GLY 23 Geochemistry (3)
GLY 42 Stratigraphy (3)
GLY 45 Micropaleontology (4)
GLY 46 Paleoecology (4)
GLY 47 Plate Tectonics (3)
GLY 48 Geophysics (3)
GLY 100 Geology Tutorial (3)

*ERS 2 may be substituted for GLY 1 if ERS 2 was taken before the Geology major was declared.
**Students transferring credit for a five to six week field course will receive credit for GLY 33 plus one advanced elective with Department approval.