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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES (GEO)

Professor Harold H. Stowell, Chairperson
Office: 202 Bevill Building

The department offers major programs leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of science in geology degrees. The bachelor of arts program in geology is recommended for students who wish to qualify for the Alabama Class B Secondary Professional Teaching Certificate in science (requirements are found in the College of Education section of this catalog). The bachelor of arts program is also suited for those who plan to pursue graduate degrees in law or business. The B.A. program in geology is not considered to be sufficient training for professional work in geology.

The bachelor of science degree program includes a rigorous curriculum in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is recommended for students who want to pursue graduate study in analytical areas of geology, such as geochemistry, geophysics, or petrology.

The bachelor of science in geology degree program is a broad-based curriculum designed for students who intend to seek employment with the B.S. degree alone or who intend to pursue a graduate degree.

Requirements for the major in geology (bachelor of arts). The major in geology (bachelor of arts) requires 30 hours in geology, including GEO 101, GEO 102, and a minimum of 22 additional hours, 12 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Requirements for the major in geology (bachelor of science). The major in geology (bachelor of science) requires 36 hours in geology, including GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 210, GEO 314, GEO 365, GEO 367, GEO 495, and 7 hours of electives. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. In addition, candidates for the bachelor of science degree are required to complete CH 101, CH 102, and CH 223; PH 105 and PH 106; and MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 227, and MATH 238.

Requirements for the major in geology (bachelor of science in geology). The bachelor of science in geology degree requires 45 hours in geology including GEO 101, GEO 102, GEO 210, GEO 314, GEO 365, GEO 367, and GEO 495; two courses selected from GEO 355, GEO 369, and GEO 470; and 10 hours of geology electives. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. In addition, candidates for the bachelor of science in geology degree are required to complete CH 101, CH 102, PH 101, PH 102, MATH 125, and MATH 126. No minor is required in this degree program.

Requirements for the marine science/geology double major. Requirements of the bachelor of science in geology degree program may be completed along with those of the interdisciplinary program in marine science (see p. 87) for a double major in marine science/geology.

Requirements for the minor in geology. The geology minor requires 18-21 hours in geology, including GEO 101, GEO 102, and at least 10 hours of electives including a minimum of 6 hours in 300- and 400-level courses. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Geology Major (B.A. Degree)
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO 1014
EN 1013
MATH33
Humanities13
Elective3
___
16
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 102 4
EN 1023
History13
Fine arts13
Elective3
___
16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3
Foreign language or computer science3-4
EN 205 or EN 2063
Social and behavioral sciences13
Elective3
___
15-16
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3-4
Foreign language or computer science3-4
Social and behavioral sciences13
EN 206 or EN 2103
Elective3
___
15-17
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3
Minor3
History or social and behavioral sciences13
Computer science or elective3
Elective3
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3-4
Minor6
Electives6
___
15-16
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO electives 6-8
Minor3
Electives3-6
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3-4
Minor 6
Electives3-6
___
15
 
Total: At least 120

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Geology Major (B.S. Degree)
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO 1014
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 1254
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 1024
CH 102 4
EN 102 3
MATH 1264
___
15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
Course Hours
GEO 210 4
EN 205 or EN 2093
CH 223 3
MATH 227 4
___
14
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 3144
MATH 2383
EN 206 or EN 2103
Minor 3
Social and behavioral sciences13
___
16
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
Course Hours
GEO 365 3
Foreign language or computer science3-4
PH 105 4
Minor3
Humanities13
___
16-17
Second Semester
Course Hours
GEO 3674
Foreign language or computer science3-4
PH 1064
Minor3
Social and behavioral sciences1 3
___
17-18
 
SUMMER
Course Hours
GEO 4956
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
Course Hours
GEO elective3
Minor 6
Computer science or elective3
Fine arts13
History13
___
18
Second Semester
Course Hours
GEO elective4
Minor 6
Electives 3
History or social and behavioral sciences13
___
16
 
Total: At least 128

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Geology Degree
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO 1014
CH 1014
EN 1013
MATH 1254
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 1024
CH 102 4
EN 102 3
MATH 1264
___
15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO 2104
EN 205 or EN 2093
PH 1014
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 3144
Humanities13
PH 1024
Foreign language or computer science3-4
___
14-15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
GEO 3653
GEO 355, GEO 369, or GEO 4703
Social and behavioral sciences13
EN 206 or EN 2103
Elective(s)3-6
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO 367 4
GEO 355, GEO 369, or GEO 4703
Elective(s)3-6
Social and behavioral sciences13
___
13-16
 
SUMMER
Course Hours
GEO 4956
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
Course Hours
GEO elective3
Electives9
History13
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
GEO elective3-4
Computer science or elective3
History or social and behavioral sciences13
Fine arts13
Electives3-6
___
16-18
 
Total: At least 128

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including at least 12 hours in the major and 6 hours outside the major, must be completed on this campus.

Honors in geology. Requirements for the bachelor of science or bachelor of science in geology degree with honors are (a) completion of the course requirements for the degree; (b) maintenance of a 3.3 grade point average for geology courses and a 3.0 average for all coursework; (c) grade of "Pass" in GEO 435 and GEO 436 Honors Seminars; (d) 6 hours of GEO 499 Honors Research (graded pass/fail) and presentation of the results in the Honors Seminar; and (e) submission of an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a geology department faculty member. Geology majors are invited to apply for admission to the honors program after completing 13 hours of geology courses.

Graduate programs. The Department of Geological Sciences offers programs leading to the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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