Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements: 

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Geosciences (a minimum of 56 credit hours) are:

A. Required courses in geosciences:

  1. One of GEOS 1303, GEOS 1405, GEOS 1406, 1307, or 1409.
  2. GEOS 2400, 2402, and 2403.
  3. GEOS 3101.
  4. GEOS 3120 is required for junior majors. Trip expenses, including transportation, must be paid by each student.
  5. GEOS 4320 is required for senior majors.

B. Geosciences and cognate courses to complete one of the following concentrations:

Geology Concentration:

Environmental Geosciences Concentration:

C. At least 10 additional upper division hours in geosciences; no more than 3 hours of Directed Studies or Thesis may be applied to this upper division hour requirement.

It is strongly recommended that students take an accredited and departmentally approved summer field geology course.

II. University requirements: 

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.


Six hours of Thesis credit, GEOS 4395 and 4396, must be completed over two semesters. Students may enroll for thesis credit only with the permission of the thesis director. A formal written thesis proposal must be submitted to the geosciences Chair before the end of the fourth week of classes during the first semester of enrollment for thesis credit. Achievement of Department Honors will be determined by the quality of the thesis research, the written and oral presentations, and satisfaction of University requirements. 

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  Kathleen Surpless, Ph.D. (Chair)


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