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This concentration follows traditional college curricula from foundation courses through advanced study with credits earned at the appropriate levels. Courses should include physical geology, historical geology, and petrology or stratigraphy.

Concentration Requirements:

Introduction to Physical Geology                                                                     3cr lower level
Evolution of Earth 3cr lower level
Mineralogy 3cr lower level
Petrology 3cr upper level
Environmental Geology 3cr upper level
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 3cr upper level
Tectonics 3cr upper level
Field Geology 2-3cr upper level
Electives in Geology 9cr lower/upper level
Capstone 3cr



1 year of Chemistry
Mechanical Physics I
Calculus I and II


Computer Literacy

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Geology will be able to:

  1. apply and interpret relative and absolute dating techniques with respect to the geologic record;
  2. identify basic rock types and minerals (common sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks; common rock forming minerals);
  3. explain basic earth processes in a plate tectonic context, including the rock cycle, mountain building, and patterns of earthquake and volcano occurrence;
  4. demonstrate familiarity with global and regional geology, including geologic time, major events in earth history, and the evolution of life;
  5. apply geological knowledge to current environmental issues, such as water quality, geological hazards, natural resources, and the evolution of life; and
  6. describe geological phenomena in terms of the physical and chemical processes, which drive them.