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Geology Courses & Requirements

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.:Geology
  • B.A.: Earth Science (for teaching certification)
  • B.S.: Geology
  • Minor: Geology

Course Listings

  • Click here to read complete descriptions of the Geology courses offered at Wittenberg.

Degree Overview:

Because of the diversity of career opportunities, as well as individual student interest in the geological sciences, a student majoring in geology can elect either of two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Science is for the student who eventually intends to pursue a career as a geologist, usually after graduate study (typically the M.S.). The requirements set forth in the Bachelor of Science are those that a student needs for acceptance into a graduate program in geology, as well as those suggested by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. A student electing the Bachelor of Arts may wish to combine geology with expertise in another discipline (major) or plan a career in a field in which geological knowledge would be useful.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology – 38-39 credits (33-34 GEOL credits)
     Required in Geology – 33-34 credits:

  • One course from:
    • GEOL 150 Physical Geology – 5 credits 
    • GEOL 160 Environmental Geology – 5 credits
    • GEOL 170 Geology of the Critical Zone – 5 credits
    • GEOL 110 Series (GEOL 110 – GEOL 116) – 4 credits
  • GEOL 231 Earth Materials – 5 credits
  • GEOL 240 Process Geomorphology – 5 credits
  • GEOL 260 Sedimentology – 5 credits
  • GEOL 340 Earth History – 5 credits
  • GEOL 392 Junior Seminar – 1 credit
  • GEOL 492 Senior Seminar – 2 credits
  • 6 additional GEOL credits at the 200-level or above and/or ESCI 290, ESCI 291, ESCI 292, ESCI 293, ESCI 294, and ESCI 350, of which 3 credits may be GEOL 270, 5 credits may be from a summer field course, or 4 credits may be from an internship or independent study.

It is strongly recommended that students regularly seek the advice of their faculty advisor concerning course selection and program planning.

     Required in Related Departments – 5 credits:

  • CHEM 121 Models of Chemical Systems I

 

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology – 65-66 credits (33-34 GEOL credits)  
     Required in Geology – 33-34 credits:

  • One course from:
    • GEOL 150 Physical Geology – 5 credits 
    • GEOL 160 Environmental Geology – 5 credits
    • GEOL 170 Geology of the Critical Zone – 5 credits
    • GEOL 110 Series (GEOL 110 – GEOL 116) – 4 credits
  • GEOL 231 Earth Materials – 5 credits
  • GEOL 240 Process Geomorphology – 5 credits
  • GEOL 260 Sedimentology – 5 credits
  • GEOL 322 Tectonics – 4 credits
  • GEOL 340 Earth History – 5 credits
  • GEOL 392 Junior Seminar – 1 credit
  • GEOL 492 Senior Seminar – 2 credits
  • Two additional GEOL credits at the 200-level or above, or ESCI 290, ESCI 291, ESCI 292, ESCI 293, ESCI 294, or ESCI 350.

     Required in Related Departments – 32 credits:

  • CHEM 121 Models of Chemical Systems I – 5 credits
  • CHEM 162 Models of Chemical Systems II – 5 credits
  • ESCI 290 Intro to GIS – 2 credits
  • ESCI 291 Spatial Analysis in the Natural Sciences OR ESCI 292 Remote Sensing – 2 credits
  • MATH 201 Calculus I – 4 credits
  • MATH 202 Calculus II – 4 credits
  • PHYS 200 Mechanics – 5 credits
  • PHYS 205 Topics in Classical and Modern Physics OR PHYS 216 Optics, Thermodynamics, & Relativity – 5 credits

It is strongly recommended that students regularly seek the advice of their faculty advisor concerning course selection and program planning.

Recommended Courses (either B.A. or B.S.):
Recommended in Geology:  Additional courses in the department. A summer field course conducted by one of many universities is strongly recommended. Credit so gained may count toward the Wittenberg degree, and three to five credits may count toward the geology major.

Recommended in Other Departments: Courses in computer programming, statistics, technical writing, and foreign language are recommended strongly. For interdisciplinary fields such as geophysics, geochemistry, hydrogeology, oceanography, and the environmental sciences, additional courses in the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, or Chemistry or the Environmental Studies and Marine Science programs.

 

Certification for Teaching in Earth Science
Students interested in pursuing a course of study leading to a license to teach earth science should contact their advisor or the Education Department for specific requirements.

 

Requirements for Minor in Geology – 19-20 credits

  • One course from:
    • GEOL 150 Physical Geology – 5 credits
    • GEOL 160 Environmental Geology – 5 credits
    • GEOL 170 Geology of the Critical Zone – 5 credits
    • GEOL 110 Series (GEOL 110 – GEOL 116) – 4 credits
  • Minimum of 15 additional GEOL credits, and/or ESCI 290, ESCI 291, ESCI 292, ESCI 293, ESCI 294, and ESCI 350, chosen in consultation with and approved by a Geology faculty advisor. The student must demonstrate the relevance of the courses selected to the design of the overall curricular program.

Suggestions for Environmental Focus
A student who plans to pursue a career in environmental studies should take:

  • GEOL 150 Physical Geology or GEOL 160 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 315 Watershed Hydrology   

A student seeking a more scientific program in environmental studies should consult with the Geology Department Chair or other Geology faculty about additional courses and a possible major or minor in geology with an environmental focus.
 

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