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Environmental Geology Major (B.S.)

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Students in Desonier Nature Preserve with Dr. Greg Springer.

  • Day- or weekend-long fieldtrips to learn geology in the field
  • Capstone five-week field camp in Appalachian Mountains and Wyoming
  • Preparation for careers in environmental science, conservation, natural resources management, land-use planning, environmental quality control, water resources, and water quality
  • Preparation for graduate school

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Faculty Contact: Dr. Douglas Green

Program Overview

The pre-professional program in environmental geology is designed to provide students with broad training for careers in many aspects of environmental science. In many areas, the student should anticipate further training at the graduate level. Consult with the undergraduate adviser in the Geological Sciences Department before planning a schedule of coursework.

The program begins with an introductory geology course, most often GEOL 1010. However, a number of other introductory-level courses can substitute with students entering the major after taking such diverse classes as The Mobile Earth (GEOL 1200), Natural Disasters (1350), and Water and Pollution (2310). (A full list is available below.) Entering students who have not taken GEOL 1010 or 2830 complete a 1-credit lab (GEOL 2020).

There are 10 core courses (34 total credit hours) a field camp (6 credit hours). Some courses are taken as a student's schedule allows, others form a sequence and must be taken consecutively. Many of the courses include a lab. Most classes take one or more day- or weekend-long fieldtrips to learn geology in the field.

Students are required to take at least one 4000-level course as an elective. (Three total credit hours are needed, which can be attained from a single course.) A multi-week field camp is our capstone course and is taken during the summer (GEOL 4910). The camp lasts five weeks and is typically taken immediately after a student's junior or senior year. The camp begins with several weeks of fieldwork in Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains, followed by several weeks in northern Wyoming. Alumni often describe field camp as the most enjoyable and memorable part of their undergraduate experience.

Careers and Graduate School

Career paths in conservation, natural resources management, land-use planning, environmental quality control, water resources, and water quality can be pursued from the platform of courses provided by the B.S. in environmental geology. Graduate work will be needed in some cases.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Major code BS3323

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Introductory Geology Course

This requirement may be satisifed by taking one of the three following options.

Option 1

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 1010 - Introduction to Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
Option 2

Complete the following course, plus an additional course as a prerequisite.

  • GEOL 2020 - Introductory Geology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0

Plus one of the following courses:

  • GEOL 1200 - The Mobile Earth Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 1300 - Geology of the National Parks Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 1350 - Natural Disasters Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 1700 - Metal, Stone, Energy, and Society Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2080 - Geology of the Solar System Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2110 - Introductory Oceanography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2150 - Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2210 - Earth and Life History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 2710 - Extreme Ancient Climates Credit Hours: 3.0
Option 3

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 2830 - Geology for Engineers Credit Hours: 4.0

Environmental Geology Core Courses

Complete a total of 47 semester hours of GEOL coursework, including the following:

  • GEOL 2550 - Historical Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3050 - Statistical Methods in Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3150 - Mineralogy Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3201 - Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 3300 - Principles of Geomorphology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3600 - Structural Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 4270 - Water Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4290 - Contaminant Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4800 - Principles of Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4910 - Field Geology Credit Hours: 6.0

Environmental Geology Elective

Complete one of the following 4000-level courses:

  • GEOL 4280 - Physical Geochemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4320 - Origin and Classification of Soils Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4430 - Paleobiogeography Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4530 - Physical Limnology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4710 - Advanced Environmental Geology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4730 - Forensic Geoscience Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4760 - Subsurface Methods Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4811 - Advanced Hydrogeology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 4850 - Introduction to Applied Geophysics Credit Hours: 3.0

Geological Sciences Majors Extra-departmental Requirements

Complete the following three components.

Component 1: Calculus

Complete the following course:

  • MATH 2301 - Calculus I Credit Hours: 4.0
Component 2: Chemistry

Complete one of the following two options.

Option 1: Principles of Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1210 - Principles of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1220 - Principles of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0

Option 2: Principles of Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 1510 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4.0
  • CHEM 1520 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4.0
Component 3: Biology or Physics

Complete one of the following four options.

Option 1: Physics

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2001 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0

Option 2: Physics

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2052 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0

Option 3: Physics

Complete the following courses:

  • PHYS 2051 - General Physics Credit Hours: 5.0
  • PHYS 2002 - Introduction to Physics Credit Hours: 4.0

Option 4: Biology

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOS 1700 - Biological Sciences I: Molecules and Cells Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0

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