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Geology Secondary Emphasis

Students whose major concentration area (e.g. Environmental Science, History, Biology, Political Science, Communication, Business) may, nevertheless want to build a secondary emphasis in Geology. They may do so intending to emphasize disciplinary crossover (such as between modern and paleo ecology), to provide focus which will have marketing value in some future career (e.g. natural resource planning or environmental law), or simply to follow up on interest or predisposition for the outdoors.

The Geology Department wants to encourage and facilitate such exploration in a way that is both supportive and provides some meaningful guidelines for the inclusion of Geology as a secondary emphasis in a POE title. We intend not to be too prescriptive, realizing that some students may want breadth of exposure to the discipline while others may be better served by more focused exploration. Students pursuing a secondary emphasis in Geology must have a geology professor among their official advisors. This advisor will work with the student in selecting those courses and planning the sequencing that will best serve the student's needs.

Students with a secondary emphasis in Geology must incorporate the following 8 credits in their POE:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 100 Introduction to Geology
3
N
GL 101 Introduction to Geology Lab
1
Corequisite GL 100
N
GL 202 Historical Geology
3
GL 100
N

Students must accumulate at least 14 additional credits from among the following with at least 11 of those credits coming from "professional" geology offerings:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 215 Mineral Economics, Politics & Law
3
I or CA II

Professional Geology offerings below:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 304 Paleobiology of invertebrates
4
GL 202 or BI 113
N
GL 210 Mineralogy
4
one semester of chemistry
N
GL 300 Petrography
4
GL 210
N
GL 305 Hydrogeology
3
GL 100 & GL 101 & MA 130; one year of chemistry N
GL 310 Structural Geology
3
GL 202
N
GL 405 Principles of Stratigraphy
4
GL 202
N
CW
GL 401 Sedimentology
4
GL 205; GL 300; and one year of chemistry
N