Jul 21, 2024  
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Geology

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William P. Anderson, Jr., Chair

William P. Anderson, Jr. Cole T. Edwards Jamie S.F. Levine
Sarah K. Carmichael Chuanhui Gu Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce
Gabriele M. Casale Steven J. Hageman Scott T. Marshall
Ellen A. Cowan Andrew B. Heckert  

The fundamental purpose of the Department of Geology is to promote a scientific understanding of earth systems - an awareness essential to an environmentally sound and sustainable future for the human race. The specific purposes of the Department of Geology are:

  1. To provide all students with the opportunity to learn about the nature of science and basic scientific principles through the study of geology
  2. To introduce students to the many ways in which geology is interwoven into the fabric of modern civilization
  3. To provide students with an understanding of the interrelationships of the basic parts of Earth Systems
  4. To provide students who seek a career in geology with the sound background for productive work in the profession and in graduate studies
  5. To provide present and future teachers with the knowledge and methods necessary for competent instruction in the earth and environmental sciences
  6. To provide members of the public with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Earth Systems of which they are a part

A major in geology leading to either the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science (non-teaching) degree is appropriate for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Geology. The Bachelor of Science (non-teaching) degree is recommended for students who seek a career at the Bachelor degree level.

Honors Program in Geology

The Department of Geology offers an honors program in geology. Admission to the honors program requires completion of GLY 2250  (Evolution of the Earth lecture and lab) and a minimum grade-point average, both overall and in the major, of 3.40. To graduate with “honors in geology,” a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.45, overall and in geology, and must take a total of nine semester hours of geology with honors at the 2000 level or above with a grade of “B” or better in each course. The required honors thesis in geology is the three-credit course GLY 4510  (Senior Honors Thesis). The Geology Honors Thesis must be approved by two readers, with the thesis director from the Department of Geology, in order to graduate with honors in geology.


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