The Department of Geological Sciences offers undergraduate majors leading to the bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of science (BS), and bachelor of science in geology (BSG) degrees, as well as a double major in marine science/geological science. An undergraduate minor is also offered. Honors programs are available for the bachelor of science and bachelor of science in geology degrees.
Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in geology must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.
Admission into the major. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.
Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.
Major courses. The major in geology culminating in a BA degree requires successful completion of the following 30 semester hours:
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Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.
Ancillary courses. This major does not require ancillary courses.
Required Minor. The geology major (BA) requires completion of a minor.
Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.
Special opportunities. The Department supports a Geology Club in which students participate in educational, social, and community service activities, often including field trips. Additionally, undergraduates are encouraged to conduct laboratory and field research under the direction of faculty.