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Geology course catalog


KELSEY M. ARKLE,  Assistant Professor,
B.A., Cornell College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

JEANETTE C. ARKLE, Part-time Faculty
B.A., B.S., M.S., California State University, Fullerton

S. TOD KULL, Part-time Instructor
GG, Gemological Institute of America

JEFFREY C. STRASSER, Professor, Chair
B.A., Carleton; M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh

MICHAEL B. WOLF, Professor, Fritiof M. Fryxell Chair in Geology
A.B., Hamilton; M.S., Ph.D., Caltech

MAJOR IN GEOLOGY. (30 GEOL credits): GEOL-101 or GEOL-105, GEOL-201, GEOL-301, GEOL-309, GEOL-325, GEOL-340, GEOL-403, GEOL-450 and GEOL-451, plus 3 additional GEOL credits or GEOG-306.

Required supporting courses (15 credits): CHEM-121, CHEM-122, MATH-219, and either (a) two from PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103, PHYS-105 or PHYS-201, PHYS-202, PHYS-203 or (b) one PHYS course from list (a) and GEOG-373.

Recommended supporting courses for students planning graduate study: summer field work, computer science, biology, Geographic Information Systems, and additional chemistry, mathematics, physics and geology courses.

MINOR IN GEOLOGY. Minor in Geology: 17 credits, ten of which at 200- to 400-level, including 399 (1 credit) Directed Study. GEOG-306 (Soil Science) may be substituted for one GEOL course. This culminating experience will result in a research paper that addresses some aspect of geology and relates it to the student's major field of study, and must incorporate a reflective component demonstrating an understanding of the connectivity between subject areas. This paper could conceivably be an extension of the Senior Inquiry effort within the student's major.

GEOLOGY MAJOR WITH DISTINCTION. Students can earn a departmental distinction upon successful completion of a superior senior research thesis, GEOL-451, and the geology degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for all geology courses and the supporting courses that are required for the major, and demonstrated leadership and service roles within the department.

GEOLOGY MAJOR WITH MERIT. Students can earn this departmental honor upon successful completion of either a superior senior research thesis, GEOL-451, or the geology degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for all geology and supporting courses that are required for the major.

Geology addresses both the materials that form the Earth and the processes of Earth formation and evolution. Sub-disciplines include but are not limited to: study of life and evolution as preserved in the rock record; study of resources upon which our industrial society is based; study of environmental problems and remedial solutions; study of geologic hazards and hazard mitigation. The interdisciplinary study of geology relies upon mastery of geological principles and oral and written communication skills as well as the application of fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to complex Earth systems.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

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Hanson Hall of Science expansion groundbreaking

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