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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Geology Major, B.S.

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Background and Mission Statement

The mission of the Applied Geology program is to prepare students for entry into geoscience careers or graduate programs by providing access to critical content knowledge, applicable skills, and modes of thought. The objective of the program is to integrate a strong background in geology with applicable hands-on training through laboratory and fieldwork and interpretive data assessment.

Geologists play an important role in identifying problems and finding solutions to an increased demand for energy and mineral resources, expansion of human activities into geologically hazardous areas, and other impacts to land, water, and air. Intimately involved in understanding geological processes of Earth, geologists are trained to investigate mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, minerals, water, ancient life, oil, gas, precious metals, or even space. The Applied Geology degree (B.S.) combines coursework from multiple departments with a core of geology courses. This degree offers opportunities for national and international fieldwork, meaningful undergraduate research projects, and industry related internships. Students must work with a faculty advisor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to discuss academic and employment goals as well as graduation requirements. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better. The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor. Students must complete 120 hours or more of coursework of which 40-hours or more must be upper division course work (3000 & 4000 level).

Program Goals

  1. To build student’s knowledge base in geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes;
  2. To prepare and train students in field and laboratory technologies and techniques used in geoscientific investigation and interpretation;
  3. To develop competency in written and oral scientific communication and presentation;
  4. To construct habits of critical thinking and creative problem solving that lead to informed decision making, life-long learning, and leadership based on current scientific knowledge; and
  5. To prepare students for successful entry into career or graduate programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes.
  2. Apply appropriate field and laboratory geoscientific technologies and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate competency in scientific communication.
  4. Evaluate and interpret geoscientific information and data.

Recommended Prerequisite Course


1Satisfies the General Studies Quantitative Literacy Requirement
2Satisfies the General Studies Natural and Physical Sciences Requirement
*Course requires additional prerequisites or corequisites


In addition to prerequisite coursework, students must fulfill General Studies and Global Diversity requirements as well as the University Multicultural requirement. Some courses can be used to meet General Studies categories as well as Multicultural and Global Diversity requirements. Students may also use unrestricted electives to satisfy these requirements. Students should meet with an academic advisor for clarification.

CHE and PHY Elective Courses

Students are required to select at least 5 hours from the list below.

Applied Geology Elective Courses

Students are required to select at least 14 additional elective credits. A minimum of 11 credits with a GEL prefix must be selected. While the following is a list of suitable recommendations, alternative electives may be approved in consultation with a faculty advisor. Each student must have a department advisor for consultation regarding course work and program planning.

Internship Course

Students are required to select at least 3 hours of internship credit.

Senior Experience Course

Students are required to select at least 4 hours of senior experience credit.


*Course requires additional prerequisites or corequisites

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