formerly the Professional
Geology option of the Geological Sciences concentration,
effective Spring 2000
May be elected as a departmental concentration
This program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science
degree. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study
in the geological sciences and for later professional work.
Prerequisites to Concentration. There are
five prerequisites, which should be completed as soon as possible:
- Introductory geological sciences course with laboratory
(GEOSCI 116, 117, or 120) or an introductory geoscience course
without laboratory (GEOSCI 119, 284 or 205+206) combined with
a laboratory course (GEOSCI 118 or 207).
- One year of introductory chemistry with laboratory, ordinarily two of three from CHEM 125/130, 210/211, and 230.
- One year of introductory physics with laboratory, preferably PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241. Concentrators specializing
in paleontology may substitute BIOLOGY 162 for one term of physics
with laboratory (ordinarily PHYSICS 140/141).
- Two courses in college mathematics, ordinarily
MATH 115 and 116.
- Elements of Mineralogy (GEOSCI 231).
Concentration Program. The concentration
program requirements are:
- Core Courses: GEOSCI 305, 310, 351, 440.
- Geoscience Electives: Three additional
geological sciences courses numbered at the 400-level. At least
two of these must be elected from Group A but one may be elected
from Group B.
- Group A: GEOSCI 418, 420, and
- Group B: Any geological sciences
courses numbered in the 400 level and from the list entitled
"Primarily for Concentrators" except for research, seminar, and field courses. (Research, seminar, and field courses, however, are highly recommended as extra electives.)
- Required Cognates. In addition concentrators must
elect six credits of advanced cognate courses. These must be
above the prerequisite level, in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, or some combination thereof, and must be approved
in advance by the Professional Geology concentration advisor.
Students who are certain to specialize in paleontology may, with
advance agreement of the advisor, elect an approved
statistics course as advanced mathematics. Computing courses
are not applicable as advanced cognates.
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