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Geology: Curriculum

Our geology curriculum offers a greater understanding of the earth and its development. To complement classroom experience, students participate in field trips and field courses. Our faculty members have conducted extended excursion-based courses. These one-to-three week courses have exposed students to diverse sites such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Southern Ontario (Canada), the Great Smoky Mountains, the Outer Banks, the Adirondack Mountains, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Central Lowlands, the caverns in Kentucky and the coast of New England. Our students have traveled with professors to academic institutions, conferences, and governmental agency headquarters. 

Get a description of each of Cal U's geology courses from our Course Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Geology: 120 Credits

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

3 crs.

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

EAS 150 Introduction to Geology

4 crs.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Second Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits

ENG 102 English Composition II

3 crs.

EAS 200 Historical Geology

4 crs.

CHE 101 General Chemistry I

3 crs.

MAT 281 Calculus I

3 crs.


Third Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

EAS 202 Hydrology

3 crs.

CHE 102 General Chemistry II

4 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

MAT 282 Calculus II3 crs.
EAS 230 Earth Resources3 crs.
Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

PHY 121 General Physics I

4 crs.

EAS 343 Geomorphology

3 crs.

General Education Courses
8 crs.

Fifth Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

EAS 331 Mineralogy

3 crs.

PHY 122 General Physics II

4 crs.

General Education OR Elective Course

3 crs.

MAT XXX Required Math Course3 crs.
GIS 311 Introduction to GIS3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

EAS 332 Petrology

3 crs.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Electives
6 crs.

Seventh Semester - 15 Credits
 CourseCredits
EAS 423 Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
3 crs.
EAS 441 Advanced Environmental Geology
3 crs.
 General Education Courses
6 crs.
 Elective3 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

EAS 425 Structural Geology

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs

Field Course

3 crs.

Electives6 crs.