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Geology (B.S.) Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Credit Hours: 65+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses:

GEOL 101

Dynamic Earth (3) PR: None; CO: GEOL 101L

GEOL 101L

Dynamic Earth Lab (1) CO: GEOL 101

OR

 

GEOL 103

Environmental Geology (3) PR: None; CO: GEOL 103L

GEOL 103L

Environmental Geology Lab (1) CO: GEOL 103

GEOL 105

Earth History (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L or HONS 155 and 155L; CO: GEOL 105L

GEOL 105L

Earth History Lab (1) PR: GEOL 101L or GEOL 103L or HONS 155L; CO: GEOL 105

GEOL 252

Mineralogy (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L; CHEM 101 and 101L or CHEM 111 and 111L or instructor permission

GEOL 269

Introduction to Petrology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L; CHEM 101 and 101L or CHEM 111 and 111L; GEOL 252 or instructor permission

GEOL 272

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 333

Paleobiology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 352

Structural Geology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L; MATH 111 or 120 or instructor permission

GEOL 360

Field Studies (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252, 269, 272, and 352 or instructor permission. Under special circumstances, a student may petition the department to substitute an equivalent field experience.

GEOL 492

Senior Seminar (1) PR: Senior standing as a GEOL major

Select 3 credit hours from the following:

GEOL 206

Planetary Geology (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L or HONS 155 and 155L

GEOL 213

Natural Hazards (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L or HONS 155 and 155L

GEOL 235

Geology and Civilization (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or HONS 155 and 155L

GEOL 238

Water Resources (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L

GEOL 240

Special Topics in Geology (1-4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

Select 6 credit hours from the following with a maximum of 3 credit hours from GEOL 260 and 260L or 460L:

GEOL 257

Marine Geology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission. Students may not receive credit for both GEOL 107 and 257.

GEOL 260

NASA Space Mission Design (2) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L or HONS 155 and 155L and GEOL 206 or instructor permission; CO: GEOL 260L or GEOL 460L

GEOL 260L

NASA Space Mission Design Lab (1) PR: GEOL 260 or instructor permission; CO: GEOL 260

OR

 

GEOL 460L

NASA Space Mission Design Leadership Lab (1) PR: Instructor permission; CO: GEOL 260

GEOL 275

Geomorphology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 303

Independent Study in Geology (1-3) PR: Junior standing or departmental approval

GEOL 312

Environmental Field Methods (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 272 or instructor permission

GEOL 314

Introduction to Remote Sensing (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 320

Earth Resources (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252 or instructor permission

GEOL 357

Oceanographic Research—The Transect Program (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 257 or instructor permission

GEOL 360

Field Studies (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252, 269, 272, and 352 or instructor permission. Under special circumstances, a student may petition the department to substitute an equivalent field experience.

GEOL 411

Tectonics (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 272 and 352 or instructor permission

GEOL 412

Crustal Geophysics (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 120 and GEOL 352 or instructor permission

GEOL 416

Paleoecology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 272, 333, and 430 or instructor permission

GEOL 430

Sedimentary Petrology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252 and 269 or instructor permission

GEOL 434

Geology of the Carolinas (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 272 and 352 or instructor permission

GEOL 438

Hydrogeology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 111 or 120 or instructor permission

GEOL 440

Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252 or instructor permission

GEOL 444

Quantitative Hydrogeology (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and Math 220 and GEOL 438 or instructor permission

GEOL 449

Geographical Information Systems (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission. Some computer experience is helpful.

Chemistry Requirement

CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR or CO: unless students exempt MATH 111 (via diagnostic testing) or have completed this course as a pre-requisite, they are required to take MATH 111 as a co-requisite; CO: CHEM 111L

CHEM 111L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 111

AND

 

CHEM 112

Principles of Chemistry (3) PR: CHEM 111 and 111L; CO: CHEM 112L

CHEM 112L

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1) CO: CHEM 112L

OR

 

GEOL 250

Introduction to Geochemistry (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and CHEM 101 and 101L or CHEM 111 and 111L; CO: GEOL 250L

GEOL 250L

Introduction to Geochemistry Lab (0) CO: GEOL 250

Complete a sequence of 8 credit hours in either Physics or Biology:

PHYS 101

Introductory Physics I (3) PR: None; CO: PHYS 101L

PHYS 101L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 101L

AND

 

PHYS 102

Introductory Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or HONS 157; CO: PHYS 102L

PHYS 102L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 102L

 

 

OR

 

 

 

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 111L

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

AND

 

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 112L

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

 

 

OR

 

 

 

BIOL 101

Concepts and Applications in Biology I (4) PR: None; CO: BIOL 101L

BIOL 101L

Concepts and Applications in Biology I Lab (0) CO: BIOL 101

AND

 

BIOL 102

Concepts and Applications in Biology II (4) PR: BIOL 101 and 101 lab; CO: BIOL 102L

BIOL 102L

Concepts and Applications in Biology II Lab (0) CO: BIOL 102

 

 

OR

 

 

 

BIOL 111

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3) PR: None; CO: BIOL 111L

BIOL 111L

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1) CO: BIOL 111

AND

 

BIOL 112

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms (3) PR: BIOL 111 and 111L; CO: BIOL 112L

BIOL 112L

Evolution, Form, and Function of Organisms Lab (1) CO: BIOL 112

Math Requirement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

OR

 

MATH 250

Statistical Methods I (3) PR: MATH 105 with a C- or better or MATH 111 or MATH 120 or instructor permission

Optional: Students may also select an emphasis in Environmental Geosciences.

Environmental Geosciences Emphasis (12 credit hours)

Required Courses

GEOL 438

Hydrogeology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 111 or 120 or instructor permission

GEOL 441

Pollution in the Environment (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and CHEM 111 and 111L and CHEM 112 and 112L or GEOL 250 or CHEM 101 and 101L and GEOL 250 or instructor permission

Select 4 credit hours from the following:

GEOL 257

Marine Geology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission. Students may not receive credit for both GEOL 107 and 257.

GEOL 275

Geomorphology (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 303

Independent Study in Geology (1-3) PR: Junior standing or departmental approval

GEOL 312

Environmental Field Methods (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 272 or instructor permission

GEOL 314

Introduction to Remote Sensing (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L or instructor permission

GEOL 320

Earth Resources (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252 or instructor permission

GEOL 360

Field Studies (4) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and GEOL 252, 269, 272, and 352 or instructor permission. Under special circumstances, a student may petition the department to substitute an equivalent field experience.

GEOL XXX

Other suitable electives as approved by the department. Consult with your faculty advisor.

Notes:

  • Computer science courses and Geology 360 Field Studies are recommended.