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Academic Program Guide


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2021 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

Geology is the study of the earth, its history, structure, composition and evolution to form the planet we know today. The processes at work in and within the earth and the principles governing these processes, as well as the history of animal and plant life as recorded in the rocks, are studied. Geological work consists of collecting data and measurements from field observations, from indirect sensing devices, from laboratory experiments and from systematic evaluations of these data and measurements. The curriculum also includes courses in chemistry, physics, and calculus. A 6 weeks summer field course is required. To allow optimal flexibility in planning upper-division programs, the mathematics and chemistry requirements should be started in the freshman year.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC1105 College Algebra 3
CHM1045 General Chemistry I and CHM1045 Lab4
GE History3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1105 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
MAC1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
CHM1046 General Chemistry II and CHM1046 Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Core Social Science3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1114 or MAC1140 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CHM1045 and CHM1045 Lab ( ≥ C minus ) in each
Term 3 hrs
GLY2010C Physical Geology4
MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry3
GE Social Science3
Oral Communication Competency3
Milestones 3
Complete MAC1114 and MAC1140 ( ≥ C minus ) in each
Term 4 hrs
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
ESC3100C History of Earth Systems with Lab4
GE Ethcis3
Milestones 4
Complete CHM1046 and CHM1046 Lab ( ≥ C minus ) in each
Overall GPA ≥ 2.00
Term 5 hrs
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics3-4
GLY3200C Mineralogy & Crystallography3
PHY2048C General Physics A with Lab or PHY2053C College Physics A with Lab 4-5
GLY4544C Sedimentation and Stratigraphy4
Milestones 5
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY2048C General Physics A with Lab or PHY2053 College Physics A with Lab (≥ C minus)
Civic Literacy requirement
Term 6 hrs
GLY3310C Igneous & Metamorphic Petrography3
PHY2049C General Physics B with Lab or PHY2054C College Physics B with Lab 4-5
GLY elective3
Foreign Language4
Milestones 6
Complete GLY2010C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY2049C General Physics B with Lab or PHY2054C College Physics B with Lab (≥ C minus)
Term 7 hrs
GLY4751C Remote Sensing or GIS4043 Geographic Information Systems and GIS4043 Lab3-4
GLY elective3-4
Foreign Language4
Milestones 7
Complete ESC3100C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GLY3200C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GLY4544C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Pre-Graduation Check
Term 8 hrs
GLY3400C Structural Geology4
Foreign Language4
Milestones 8
Complete GLY3400C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GLY3310C ( ≥ C minus )
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks
Summer hrs
GLY4790 Field Course6

Employment Information
Employment Information: Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Most require graduate work.) Geologist, Geochemist, Earth Scientist, Geophysicist, Marine Geologist, Hydrologist, Oceanographer, Environmental Administrator, Paleontologist

Representative Employers: Mining Companies, Petroleum Companies, Consulting Firms in Environmental Sciences, U.S. Agencies (Geological Survey, Bureau of Mines, Dept. of Agriculture, EPA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission), State Agencies

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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