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GEOLOGY

Undergraduate Programs in Geology

Bachelor of Science (BS) and Arts (BA)

 

Introduction

JPEG ImageGeology is the comprehensive study of the solid earth, atmosphere, ocean, other planets, and the fossil record of life. It also encompasses the study of the effects of human activities on the Earth's environment and the availability and extraction of natural resources. Earth science is interdisciplinary, and the study of geology frequently employs tools, concepts, and theories from mathematics and the other natural sciences, including chemistry, biology, and physics. Geologists work to solve problems of local and global perspectives related to all Earth systems. The study of minerals, rocks, and fossils continues to be an essential and exciting component of a geologist's training.

Through the geology program at Wichita State, students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The program also offers a minor in geology and courses designed to fulfill general education requirements in the natural sciences. Candidates for either the BA or BS degree are required to contribute examples of their coursework and other scholarly achievements to the department's assessment program. Students also are required to take at least one integrating capstone course, preferable during their senior year. Capstone courses are identified below.

Through the generosity of its alumni and industry supporters, the geology department proudly awards more than $20,000 annually in scholarships and awards to qualified undergraduate majors and graduate students. Contact the geology department office for a complete listing of scholarship amounts, qualifications, and application procedures. Active student associations for geology majors and other students interested in geology include the Geology Club, the student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE), the national geology honorary society. These clubs co-sponsor such extra-curricular activities as field trips, visiting lecturers, short courses, attendance at academic conferences, and social gatherings.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geology

The BA degree program, providing flexible, broad training in the Earth sciences, is for student who wish to combine the geology major with teacher preparation (K-12), environmental studies, land-use planning, science journalism, environmental law, natural resource management/ business, or similar majors. The BA degree also is suitedto students discovering geology as an interest later in their college of life experience. This program represents a minimum proficiency. Students are strongly advised to elect additional courses in geology and supporting sciences if they are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the geosciences after earning the BA.

A major with the BA requires a minimum of 30 hours in geology, including:

1. Required core courses: 24 hours

 

GEOL 102: Earth Science & the Environment with lab (4cr) or
GEOL 111: General Geology
4cr
GEOL 302: Earth and Space Sciences 3cr
GEOL 312: Historical Geology 4cr
GEOL 320: Mineralogy & Optical Min 4cr
GEOL 526: Sedimentary Geology 3cr
GEOL 544: Structural Geology 3cr

One of these capstone courses:

GEOL 621: Geochemical Cycling 3cr
GEOL 640: Field Geology 6cr
GEOL 650: Geohydrology 3cr
GEOL 678: Geologic Perspectives on Climactic Change 3cr
GEOL 681: Computer Apps. in Geology 3cr

2. An additional 6 hours of electives chosen from the Catalog listings for geology to match the student's career interests and in consultation with an adviser from the geology department.

3. Required supporting sciences:

STAT 370: Elementary Statistics 3cr
MATH 112: Precalculus Mathematics (5) or MATH 123 College Trigonometry 5 or 3cr
CHEM 103: Introductory Chemistry or CHEM 211 General Chemistry 5cr
PHYS 111: Introductory Physics (if the student did not have high school physics) 3cr

It is recommended that these courses be taken prior to, or at least concurrently with, the required core courses in geology listed above. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in environmental science should also consider taking PHYS 213 and 214, BIOL 210 and 418, CHEM 211 and 212, and MATH 242 or earning a BS degree in geology. CS 105 is recommended for students with little experience with computers.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology

The BS degree program, providing comprehensive training in geology and allied natural sciences, prepares graduates for professional work in industry or government, as well as for graduate study in any field of geoscience or environmental science. This program prepares students for the examination for the professional geologist license. Students who expect to earn the BS in geology within a minimum amount of time (four years as a full-time student) should have completed geometry, trigonometry, two years of algebra, and chemistry in high school. A major with the BS requires a minimum of 45 hours in geology, including:

1. Required core courses 35 hours

GEOL 111: General Geology 4cr
GEOL 312: Historical Geology 4cr
GEOL 320: Mineralogy & Optical Min 4cr
GEOL 324: Petrology and Petrography 3cr
GEOL 526: Sedimentary Geology 3cr
GEOL 540: Field Mapping Methods 2cr
GEOL 544: Structural Geology 3cr
GEOL 552: Physical Stratigraphy 3cr
GEOL 570: Biogeology 3cr
GEOL 640: Field Geology (Required capstone course) 6cr

2. Additional 11 hours of upper-division geol- ogy electives chosen to match the student’s career interests and in consultation with an adviser from the geology department. An additional elective capstone course is GEOL 650, Geohydrology (3).

3. Required supporting sciences:

MATH 242 and 243: Calculus I and II 10cr
STAT 370: Elementary Statistics 3cr
CHEM 211 and 212: General and Inorganic Chemistry 10cr
PHYS 213 and 214: General College Physics I and II (10) or
PHYS 313 and 314: University Physics I and II
8cr

It is recommended that these courses be taken prior to, or at least concurrently with, the required core courses in geology listed above. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in environ- mental science should also consider taking BIOL 210 and 418. CS 105 is recommended for students with little experience with computers.

Minor in Geology

A minor in geology consists of at least 15 hours of geology including GEOL 102 (with lab for 4 credit hours) or GEOL 111. It is suggested that students minoring in geology consult with the department in selecting courses that would be most appropriate to their major field of study.