Ohio University

Geological Sciences Major B.S.

 

A student exits a wombat pit in fieldwork with Dr. Greg Springer.
A student exits a wombat pit in fieldwork with Dr. Greg Springer.
  • Day- or weekend-long field trips to learn geology in the field
  • Capstone five-week field camp in Appalachian Mountains and Montana
  • Preparation for professional career in the geological sciences such as energy and mineral resources
  • Preparation for graduate school

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Greg Nadon

Program Overview

The B.S. in geological sciences is the standard preparation for a professional career in the geological sciences or entry into a graduate program.

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

There are nine core courses (47 total credit hours) in addition to the introductory course. Some 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.

Three 4000-level elective geology courses are required in addition to the core classes.

A multi-week field course (GEOL 4960 - Field Geology) is one of the capstone Tier III courses and is taken during the summer. The course lasts six weeks and is typically taken immediately after a student's junior or senior year. The course begins with several weeks of fieldwork in Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains, followed by several weeks in northern Wyoming. Alumni often describe the field course as the most enjoyable and memorable part of their undergraduate experience.

Careers and Graduate School

A degree in geological sciences prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities. Upon graduation, students can pursue positions with employers in the petroleum industry, state and national government agencies, research laboratories, state highway departments, mining companies, civil engineering firms, surveying companies, consulting firms, museums, public and private K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, etc. Students are also adequately prepared to pursue graduate work in their field of interest.

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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: BS3321

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.

Geological Sciences (B.S.) Major Requirements

The major requirement for the (B.S.) degree in Geological Sciences requires 47 hours.

Introductory Geology Course

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

Option 1

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 1010 - How the Earth Works 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 2080 - Geology of the Solar System 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
Option 3

Complete the following course:

  • GEOL 2830 - Geology for Engineers Credit Hours: 4.0

Geological Sciences 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 3400 - Principles of Paleontology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOL 3600 - Structural Geology Credit Hours: 4.0
  • GEOL 4960 - Field Geology Credit Hours: 6.0

Please note that GEOL 4960 requires students to enroll for a summer semester.

Geological Sciences Electives

Complete any three 4000-level courses in geological sciences.

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 1705 - Biological Sciences I Laboratory Credit Hours: 1
  • BIOS 1710 - Biological Sciences II: Ecology, Evolution, Animal Body Systems Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 1715 - Biological Sciences II Laboratory Credit Hours: 1