Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Nov 19, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, B.S.


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Requirements for the Major:


All students must complete two courses from the following list:


Also required are two terms each of the following:


Advanced work or a minor is encouraged in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, economics, or engineering.

Mathematics


Any two courses numbered 100 or higher, or equivalent such as:

Chemistry


 The following is required, and any CHM course numbered 102 or higher.

Biology or Physics


(any two courses numbered 100 or higher).

Note: Advanced work or a minor is encouraged in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, economics, or engineering.

 

All Geology courses at the 100 level are introductory and have no prerequisites


Preference for the following will be given to first- and second-year students.

Additional Requirements


Senior Geology majors may not take any introductory course for major credit. A senior thesis is required, and theses may either be 1 term (GEO 498 ) or 2-3 terms (GEO 495 , GEO 496, GEO 497  ). Completion of a two-term senior thesis (GEO 495  & GEO 496 ) is required for honors, and only one senior level research credit may count toward the two geology electives. Students who intend on going to graduate school are strongly encouraged to do a research thesis and to take two courses in physics rather than biology, unless specifically interested in paleontology or geobiology, because most graduate programs require physics. A summer field course in the junior year is strongly recommended, particularly for those going on to graduate school or geological consulting work.

Requirements for Honors in Geology:


The major requirements as specified above are required, as are the GPA requirements of Union College described elsewhere in this catalog. A senior research thesis is required, consisting of at least two terms of GEO 495 , GEO 496 , or GEO 497  (independent research with a faculty member). Theses involving GEO 497  must be completed by the end of the 6th week of the Spring term.

Requirements for Secondary School Certification:


Students seeking certification in earth science should complete the normal Geology major described above, except that astronomy, planetary science, and meteorology may substitute for any Geology elective or physics/biology ancillary science course. For other requirements consult the Educational Studies Program elsewhere in this catalog.

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