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B.A. in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program provides the student a broad foundation in geology with a specialization in at least one other field through the minors program. The minor chosen by the student requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in one discipline. The B.A. program offers additional opportunities for the student to diversify through geology and technical electives.

The B.A. degree offers more flexibility than the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in terms of allowing a program of study which combines geology with subject areas such as geophysics, history, journalism, political science, mathematics, biology, business, computer science, education, medicine, physics, or other areas. In addition, the mathematics and physics requirements are less rigorous than the B.S. degree program. The B.A. program meets the needs of many students who plan to use geology as a basis for careers in law (environmental, oil, gas, etc.), medicine, technical writing, teaching at pre-college level, environmental journalism, resource-related sales and marketing, to name only a few possibilities. With a judicious selection of electives, the B.A. degree may conceivably be a starting point for further graduate education in geology or geophysics. However, the B.S. is far more appropriate for this goal.

Because of the great flexibility of this program, it is important to speak to a departmental advisor as soon as practicable. In any case, electives must be chosen in consultation with an advisor. For the semester-by semester outline and checklist, see Curriculum and Scholarships.

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The undergraduate curriculum in geology emphasizes the development of sound scientific skills, including the ability to think, observe, analyze, classify, describe, and interpret data, and the application of these skills to the study of rocks, minerals, fossils, structures, landforms, and other geologic phenomena. The undergraduate curriculum also emphasizes the practical aspects of geology, including its applications to petroleum and mineral exploration, environmental management, and siting of man-made structures.

The first two years of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Geology, which are identical to the B.S. in Geophysics, provide students with the basics of geology and geophysics and the allied fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. The junior and senior years involve more advanced study in the field of geology, including the opportunity to concentrate study in specific disciplines such as petroleum geology and geophysics, environmental and engineering geology, hydrogeology, and others. Students are also encouraged to become involved in research problems with faculty members during their undergraduate studies, which can be accomplished through classes in Directed Studies (GEOL 285 and 485).

The B.S. degree is considered the preparatory degree in the field of geology. Those students desiring employment in industry are encouraged to pursue a M.S. degree. Students planning a research or university teaching career should pursue Ph.D. degree.

For the semester-by semester outline and checklist, see Curriculum and Scholarships.

Katrina flooding New OrleansB.S. in Geology with Engineering Geology Option

The Engineering Geology option provides training for geology students to work on some of society's most pressing problems including groundwater contamination and remediation, nonpoint-source pollution, water resources, and geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, flooding, volcanism, and surface deformation. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in geology coupled with specialized training in environmental and engineering topics. Students completing this option receive a B.S. degree in Geology from the Department of Geology and Geophysics.

For the semester-by semester outline and checklist, see Curriculum and Scholarships.

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