What to Expect?

"I love the Geology program because it is like a small community. I can walk into my professors' offices anytime and they are more than willing to help me. I've also learned a lot of skills from the required field trips along with the labs I've taken that most undergraduate programs do no offer.

-Arielle Maines '15

From your very first course in geology, you will begin to explore Juniata's greatest asset- its location. Get out into the field at least 10 times during your first year at Juniata, by taking two important courses: introduction to Environmental Science and Studies and International to Physical Geology, which is accompanied by a lab.

Throughout your studies at Juniata, field experience will continue to play a key role. Undergraduate research, internships, and distinctive offerings- like studying at Raystown Field Station or taking the Remote Field Course are just a few ways you can gain the observational and analytical skills needed to tackle serious issues like environmental site assessment, environmental remediation, natural hazards mitigation, and minerals and fuels resource exploration. In fact, professors take advantage of the opportunity to discuss regional phenomenon- like Marcellus shale fracking- in courses and undertake related research.

In addition to a designated POE in geology, Juniata now offers a Program of Emphasis in environmental geology, which allows students to pursue a growing career field that addresses water management, energy resources, pollution, climate change, and land use. 

Here's what your four years in the Geology Department at Juniata College might look like.

Freshman Year

  • Introduction to Environmental Science and Studies
  • Introduction to Physical Geology and its associated Intro Physical Geology Lab

Sophomore Year

  • Historical Geology and Historical Geology Lab
  • Mineralogy
  • Water Resources I (surface water hydrology)example course

Junior Year and Senior Year

  • Paleobiology and Paleoecology of Invertebrates
  • Petrography
  • Structural Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks (a capstone course)
  • Stratigraphy (a capstone course)

Applied Geology (and related) Electives

  • Water Resources II (groundwater hydrogeology)
  • Geophysics
  • Geographic Information Systems

Additional departmental offerings

  • Oceanography
  • Death and Destruction by Nature
  • Climate: Past and Present
  • Energy, Minerals, and Society

Collateral Science Essential to Geologists

  • Chemistry (Physical Inorganic Chemistry I and II)
  • Calculus

Courses:

Geology

Department: Geology

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Core Courses

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ESS 100 Environmental Systems I
3
 
N
 
GL 100 Introduction to Physical Geology
3
 
N
 
GL 101 Physical Geology Lab
1
 
N
 
GL 202 Historical Geology
3
GL 100
N
 
GL 210 Mineralogy
4
one semester of Chemistry
N
 
GL 300 Petrography
4
GL 210
N
 
GL 310 Structural Geology
3
GL 202
N
 
GL 389 Geology Professional Seminar
1
     
GL 240 Geological Field Methods I
4
GL 100 & GL 101, corequisite GL 202
N
CW
MA 130 Calculus I
4

 

  QM
CH 114 Intro Physical Inorganic Chemistry
4

 

N
QS
CH 115 Intro Physical Inorganic Chemistry II
4
CH 114
N
QS

Total credits = 38

Advanced electives and collateral science courses

Students must complete at least 12 credits from among those listed below:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 305 Hydrogeology
3
GL 100, GL 101, MA 130 & 2 chemistry courses
N
 
GL 304 Paleobiology of Invertebrates
4
GL 202 or BI 105
N
 
GL 307 Geophysics
3
MA 130 & GL 202 pre or coreq
N
 
GL 401 Sedimentology
4
GL 202 & CH 114
N
 
GL 450 Geology Research
1-6
Permission of instructor
N
 
ESS 330 Geographical Information Systems
4
ESS 100    
MA 230 Calculus II
4
MA 130
N
 
PC 200 General Physics I
3
PC 206 coreq
N
QM
PC 206 Physics Lab I
1
PC 200 or PC 202 or PC 204 coreq
N
 
PC 201 General Physics II
3
PC 200, coreq PC 207
N
QM
PC 207 Physics Lab II
1
PC 201 or PC 203 coreq
N
 
BI 305 Biostatistics
4
 
N
QS
ND.SS 214 Stats for Social Science
4
 
S
QS
MA 220 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
4
 
N
QS

Capstone courses

Students must complete at least one of the following advanced courses as a capstone experience. Completion of a second capstone course may be applied towards the advanced electives requirement.

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 400 Petrology of Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
4
GL 300
N
 
GL 405 Principles of Stratigraphy
4
GL 202
N
CW

NOTES: Students with Geology POEs must include at least 21 credit hours at the 300/400 level from the lists above.

Curricular substitutions

  • CH 105/CH106 may substitute CH 114/CH115
  • PC 202/PC 203 may substitute for PC 200/PC 201