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Geology

Bachelor of Science
in Geology

Required Competencies
Assessment Procedures
Area of Concentration
Major
Minor
Courses
Faculty

Competencies Required in the Program

Students will be able to:

1. Identify earth materials (minerals, rocks, fossils, sediments, soils, etc.).
2. Map and correlate bodies of rock, sediment, and soil using surface and subsurface data.
3. Understand the physical processes that shape earth's surface and interior.
4. Apply knowledge of modern geologic processes to interpret the geologic record.
5. Understand methods used to explore for and develop mineral/petroleum/water resources.
6. Assess the suitability of sites for the construction of buildings, roads, dams, landfills, septic systems, waste lagoons, etc.
7. Understand methods used to monitor, reclaim, and remediate sites impacted by mining, improper waste disposal, leaking underground storage tanks, etc.
8. Recognize existing or potential geologic hazards.


Assessment Procedures

Performance of graduates on discipline-specific exit exam(s)
Survey of alumni regarding employment, acceptance to graduate school, strengths of MSU's geology program, and weaknesses of the program.
Survey of employers or graduate advisors


Area of Concentration (Non-Teaching)

The Area of Concentration is intended for students who desire rigorous, broad-based preparation in most of the subdisciplines within geology. This program is strongly recommended for students who wish to attend graduate school.

GEOS 108 Physical Geology 4
GEOS 201 Historical Geology 3
GEOS 262 Mineralogy 4
GEOS 276 Geologic Methods 3
GEOS 300 Petrology 4
GEOS 315 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GEOS 325 Structural Geology 4
GEOS 350 Geomorphology 3
GEOS 376 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 379 Invertebrate Paleontology 4
GEOS 420 Optical Mineralogy 3
GEOS 425 Hydrogeology 3
GEOS 430 Low-temperature Geochemistry 3
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 4
MATH 175 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4
MATH 275 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4
SCI 498 Senior Thesis I 2
SCI 499C Senior Thesis II 1
BIOL 155 Population, Resources, and Environment 3
and Physics Sequence I  
PHYS 201 Elementary Physics I 3
PHYS 201A Elementary Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 202 Elementary Physics II 3
PHYS 202A Elementary Physics II Lab 1
or Physics Sequence II  
PHYS 231 Engineering Physics I 4
PHYS 231A Engineering Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 232 Engineering Physics II 4
PHYS 232A Engineering Physics II Lab 1
*Attendance at an approved summer geology field camp 6
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*Must be taken off-campus at an accredited university.

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Major (Non-Teaching)**

The geology major provides students with the option of pursuing a minor or double major. Students will be qualified for entry level geology positions. However, with careful planning and advising, the program can be tailored to prepare students for graduate study in specialized subdisciplines such as geophysics, geochemistry, mathematical geology, and hydrogeology. Students must take:

GEOS 108 Physical Geology 4
GEOS 201 Historical Geology 3
GEOS 262 Mineralogy 4
GEOS 276 Geologic Methods 3
GEOS 300 Petrology 4
GEOS 315 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GEOS 325 Structural Geology 4
GEOS 350 Geomorphology 3
GEOS Upper division electives approved by advisor 6
SCI 498 Senior Thesis I 2
SCI 499C Senior Thesis II 1
38 Supplemental Requirements**  
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 4
PHYS 201 Elementary Physics I 3
PHYS 201A Elementary Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 202 Elementary Physics II 3
PHYS 202A Elementary Physics II Lab 1
MATH electives from the following: 6-8
MATH 141 Plane Trigonometry (3)
MATH 152 College Algebra (3)
MATH 174 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (3)
MATH 175 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4)
MATH 275 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
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**Students who intend to use the geology major as preparation for graduate school are strongly encouraged to take GEOS 420, MATH 175, MATH 275, and summer geology field camp. Students lacking these courses generally are considered deficient by graduate schools.

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Minor (Non-Teaching)

GEOS 108 Physical Geology 4
GEOS 201 Historical Geology 3
GEOS electives approved by advisor 14
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