The geology program offers students a variety of opportunities to investigate the materials that constitute and the processes that shape the earth. Classroom, laboratory, and field work provide a base for careers related to energy, the environment, and the exploration for petroleum and mineral resources. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter these fields and/or pursue advanced study in the geosciences.
Coursework in calculus and physics is strongly recommended, particularly for students contemplating graduate study. The recommended courses are MAT 126, MAT 127, PHY 111, PHY 112, and upper-division courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Each student should choose the appropriate courses by advisement, beginning with entry into the major.
Student majors are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research under faculty supervision or an internship experience. Students may find additional information about undergraduate research possibilities from faculty and by visiting the Undergraduate Research Office Web site at undergraduateresearch.buffalostate.edu/.
A departmental honors program also is available. Students should contact the department for additional information.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39
Geology Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Required Courses (33 credit hours)
GES 101 INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY 3
GES 102 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY 3
GES 103 INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY LABORATORY 1
GES 302 INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY 4
GES 303 MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY 4
GES 408 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 4
Select one of the following: 4
GES 300 SEDIMENTOLOGY
& GES 301 and STRATIGRAPHY (6)
GES 306 SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY (4)
Two semesters of Chemistry: 8
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I (or equivalent) (4)
CHE 112/114 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II (or equivalent)
Electives Selected by Advisement
9 credit hours 1 9
All College Electives
39-45 credit hours 39-45
Total Credit Hours 120
1 Credit will be allowed for any course in geology (GES prefix).
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