Geology, Earth Science, BA
Bachelor of Arts in Geology, Earth Science (337001BA)
Earth Science Fundamentals
Earth scientists study earth materials, structures and processes and how they’ve changed through time. This knowledge may be applied to exploration for natural resources — including metals, petroleum and water; understanding natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides; addressing problems associated with environmental contamination; and investigating Earth’s history to understand the evolution of life and global climate change. Earth scientists are employed by natural resource companies, environmental consulting firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities.
Core courses provide the fundamentals in:
- physical and historical geology
- mineralogy and petrography
- structural geology and plate tectonics
- sedimentology, paleontology and stratigraphy
Degree program can be tailored to a major field of interest by taking additional courses in the supporting sciences and mathematics.
The following information has official approval of The Department of Geosciences and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.
Students are encouraged to visit The Department of Geosciences their freshman year to obtain preliminary information regarding the program requirements and to learn more about on-campus opportunities available to students.
|3370:101||Introductory Physical Geology 1||4|
|English Composition I Requirement 2||3|
|Social Sciences Requirement 3||3|
|Speech/Oral Communication Requirement||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
Beginning Language I 4
|American Sign Language I|
|3370:102||Introductory Historical Geology||4|
|3450:149||Precalculus Mathematics 5||4|
|English Composition II Requirement 2||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
Beginning Language II 4
|American Sign Language II|
|3150:151||Principles of Chemistry I||3|
|3150:152||Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|Humanities in the Western Tradition I
or Humanities in the World since 1300
|Science Elective 6||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
Intermediate Language I
|American Sign Language III|
|3370:231||Silicate Mineralogy and Petrology||4|
|Science Elective 6||4|
|Area Studies/Cultural Diveresity Requirement||2|
|Select one of the following:||3-5|
Intermediate Language II
|American Sign Language IV
and Survey of Deaf Culture in America
|3370:xxx||Geology electives 7||6|
|3370:3xx/4xx||Upper level Geology electives 7, 8||3-4|
|Social Science Requirement 3||3|
|3370:3/4xx||Upper level Geology electives 7, 8||3-4|
|3370:453||Geology Field Camp I||3|
|3370:454||Geology Field Camp II||3|
|3370:3/4xx||Upper level Geology electives 7, 8||3|
|Area Studies/Cultural Diversity Requirement||2|
|Upper Level Electives 8||2|
|Upper Level Electives 8||15-9|
3370:101 Introductory Physical Geology Strongly Preferred, OR 3370:100 Earth Science, OR 3370:200 Environmental Geology, OR (by permission only) 3370:211 Introduction to Environmental Science, AND 3370:104 Exercises in Physical Geology.
For English Composition I, 3300:111 English Composition I or 3300:113 African American Language and Culture I: College Composition are the recommended classes to the meet the General Education English requirement. 2020:121 English fulfills the English Composition I requirement. For English Composition II, 3300:112 English Composition II or 3300:114 African American Language and Culture II: College Composition are the recommended classes to the meet the General Education English requirement. 2020:222 Technical Report Writing fulfills the English Composition II requirement.
Demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the second year of a foreign language or sign language is required. See your advisor for placement. Please note that all four semesters must be completed in the SAME language and it’s recommended you begin your first language class as soon as possible.
All Geology majors should take the Math Placement Test. The B.A. requirement is 3450:149 Precalculus Mathematics.
B.A. degree requires completion of at least 7 credits from the following and these options can satisfy the upper level requirement for Arts & Sciences as well (300/400 level): 3100:111 Principles of Biology I, 3100:112 Principles of Biology II, 3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II, 3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I/3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II, 3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I, 3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II.
A total of 18 departmental (3370) credits are required, eight of which must be at the 300/400 level. Please contact a Department of Geosciences adviser to discuss alternatives.
Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (BCAS) – requires 40 credits at the 300/400 level. Please contact an adviser to determine how many additional 300/400 courses you need to complete this requirement.
- By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your General Education English, Math, and Communications (Speech) requirements
- By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have declared a major and transferred to (been accepted by) a degree granting college at The University of Akron.