Sep 27, 2021  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 

Environmental Geology Major

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To develop a level of geologic competency in our graduates so they are equipped to compete successfully for entry-level positions in a growing national and international job market focused on environmentally sensitive activities, issues, and social programs and/or for admission to graduate programs offered by accredited universities and colleges. To accomplish the above:

  1. The B.S. in Environmental Geology degree is intended to recognize, formulate, employ, and interpret the scientific methodology that is appropriate to geological research.
  2. All students will graduate with competency in correctly identifying the properties, characteristics, and behavior of earth materials as critical components with Earth’s environment.
  3. Each student will be proficient in the production and interpretation of maps depicting geological and biological factors.
  4. All graduates will have a working knowledge of those scientific disciplines ancillary to the environmental aspects of geology: biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  5. All students will demonstrate the written and verbal communication skills required to convey the results of geologic research and synthesis of research arising within other disciplines.
  6. All students will have the ability to function independently, collaboratively, and ethically with others in the profession as colleagues and supervisors.
  7. All graduates will develop the skills necessary to predict and interpret the environmental, social, and economic impact of activities related to the exploration for, extraction of, use, and disposal of earth materials.
  8. All students will learn the skills necessary to minimize, and/or remediate the geological, biological, and geographic environmental impact of activities related to the extraction and use of earth materials.

Degree Requirements

First-Year Seminar - Total Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Total Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Total Credits: 3

Constitutions - Total Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Total Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking

Humanities and Fine Arts - Total Credits: 9

Social Science - Total Credits: 9

Multicultural and International

(see notes below)

Additional Degree Requirements

Electives - 1-3 credits

Total Credits: 125


  1. It is strongly recommended that students take SCI 101 to satisfy the First Year Seminar requirement.
  2. Students must complete 40 upper-division credits (satisfied by the degree requirements in the major).
  3. Every student must complete a three-credit multicultural course and a three-credit international course. Courses satisfying other requirements may simultaneously satisfy the multicultural and international requirements except one course cannot satisfy both the multicultural and the international requirements.


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