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2014-2015
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DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS
MAJOR: GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

 
CURRICULUM CREDITS

Students must complete the university-level, college-level and breadth requirements
for College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment Bachelor of Arts degrees.


UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 0-4   
Breadth Requirements *can be fulfilled by college breadth requirements below 12       
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) (can be fulfilled by required field experience) 3         
Multi-cultural Courses

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Second Writing Requirement (minimum grade C-) 3
A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are normally designated on the registrar's course search page. Note: GEOL401 is recommended to fulfill this requirement
 
Foreign Language 0-12
Successful completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 112 or 214) in a given language. Number of credits needed and initial placement will depend on number of years of high school study of foreign language. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination.
 
Mathematics: (successful completion of one of the following four options) 0-4
OPTION ONE:
 
MATH 113 Contemporary Mathematics (designed for students who
do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
or
MATH 127 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning

OPTION TWO:
 
MATH 114 College Mathematics and Statistics (designed for students who
do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
or
MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (designed for students who intend to continue the 
study of mathematics)
or
MATH 117 Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers

OPTION THREE:
Successful completion of any mathematics course at or above the 200-level except MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 205, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 252, MATH 253, MATH 266, MATH 300 or MATH 450.

OPTION FOUR:
Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. (0 credits awarded)


COLLEGE BREADTH REQUIREMENTS
College breadth courses when combined with University breadth courses must represent at least two departments or appropriate instructional units in each category.

If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

*note: 3 credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement
 
Creative Arts and Humanities 9
Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
 
History and Cultural Change 9
Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences 9
Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
 
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology 10
Understanding of fundamental and/or applied concepts and phenomena from mathematics, logic, natural or physical sciences, and technology including quantitative reasoning and methods used to approach and solve problems.

Courses taken to fulfill this category (university and college breadth) must include a minimum of one course with an associated laboratory
NOTE: These credits are satisfied by major requirements.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:
 
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
GEOL 107 General Geology 4
GEOL 110 Earth History 4
GEOL 202 Earth Materials 4
GEOL 203 Surficial Processes 4
GEOL 304 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
GEOL 305 Structural Geology and PlateTectonics 4
GEOL Field Experience An approved geology field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her geologic studies in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets and reports or field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by a senior thesis, internship, field camp, study abroad experience and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met. Note: this course must satisfy the Discovery Learning Experience Requirement. 3-6
GEOL ELECTIVES GEOL 385 or any 400+level GEOL or MAST courses approved by
the department. See your advisor for the list of approved courses. Courses that are used to satisfy the Geology Field Experience Requirement cannot be use to satisfy the Geology Electives Requirement.
6-9
NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required in each of the above Major Requirement courses (including the Geology Field Experience and Geology Electives courses). The total number of credits for these courses must be at least 36.
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I 4
AND
One of the following:
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 202 Introductory Physics II 4

ELECTIVES
After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.
 
CREDITS TO TOTAL A MINIMUM OF 124


 


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