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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 Geology3 cr
Evolution of Earth3 cr
Mineralogy3 cr
Petrology3 cr
Environmental Geology3 cr
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3 cr
Tectonics3 cr
Field Geology2-3 cr upper level
Electives in Geology9 cr
GLY 499: Capstone3 cr


  • 1 year of Chemistry
  • Mechanical Physics I
  • Calculus I and II

Recommended Courses:

  • 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.