Geology Courses

Core Geology Courses

Geology program's core courses are as follows:

  • GEOL 201. Exploring Dynamic Earth-Field (offered only at the Science Station) or GEOL 211. Exploring Dynamic Earth. SP
  • GEOL 321. Earth History and Stratigraphy. SIP
  • GEOL 336. Process Geomorphology
  • GEOL 343. Fundamentals of Mineral Science or GEOL 365. Physics of the Earth
  • GEOL 344. General Petrology and Petrography
  • GEOL 443. Structural Geology
  • GEOL 412. Field Geology (offered only at the Science Station)
  • GEOL 494. Senior Seminar Capstone

Elective Courses

Geology elective courses include:

  • GEOL 241x. Quantitative Methods (ENVR 241)
  • GEOL 332. Studies in Regional Geology
  • GEOL 355. Introduction to Soil Science
  • GEOL 365. Physics of the Earth
  • GEOL 371. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOL 372. GIS Practicum
  • GEOL 375. Biogeology
  • GEOL 385. Topics in Earth Science
  • GEOL 388. Appropriate Technology, Development, and the Environment
  • GEOL 391x. Environmental Modeling (ENVR 391)
  • GEOL 413. Rocky Mountain Regional Geology (offered only at the Science Station)
  • GEOL 437. Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 495. Problems in Geology
  • GEOL 496. Internship

Supporting Courses (other departments)

Supporting courses in other disciplines which are required for the geology major include:

  • Three semesters of introductory chemistry and physics are required. Students may choose two semesters of one and one semester of the other from the list below. Graduate school admissions typically require four semesters of introductory chemistry and physics.
  • CHEM 231. General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 232. General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 221. General Physics I or Physics 231. Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 222. General Physics II or Physics 232. Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 221. Applied Calculus or MATH 231. Calculus I
  • MATH 232. Calculus II (recommended for B.S.)
  • The following supporting courses are required only for the B.A. with a teacher certification in Earth and Space Science:
  • SCI 321. High School Science Methods
  • SCI 325. Middle School Science Methods

General Education Courses

Christ at the Core thematic courses (SP, SIP, AIS) offered by the Geology Department are:

  • GEOL 201. Exploring the Dynamic Earth-Field (offered only at the Science Station). SP. Legacy Gen Ed Lab Science.
  • GEOL 211. Exploring the Dynamic Earth. SP
  • ENVR 221. Living in the Environment. SP
  • GEOL 306. Water: the Essential Natural Resource. SIP
  • GEOL 308. Energy and Climate Change. SIP
  • CORE NNN. Disasters and Recovery. AIS, SIP, SI
  • ENVR 325. The Global Commons: International Issues in Environmental Science, SIP, GP
  • ENVR 315. Nature, Environment, and Society (offered only at the Science Station). AIS, SIP