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Future Undergraduates


General Education breadth requirements are intended to introduce students to the nature, history, and methods of different disciplines; and to help students understand the cultural, historical, and natural contexts shaping the human experience. Breadth courses also focus on the important cultural, socio-economic, scientific, and technological issues of today’s global community. Along with the General Education breadth requirements, depth courses are designed to assist students in achieving the Citizen Scholar Objectives. The Department of Geology supports these goals and encourages students to select General Education courses based upon their interests. The following General Education courses are suggested, but by no means required, for Geology Majors. Ideally, these breadth, depth, and quantitative literacy courses will be taken early in a student’s educational career.

Breadth American Institutions (BAI) - USU or HONR 1300; ECN 1500; POLS 1100
Breadth Creative Arts (BCA) - USU or HONR 1330; ID 1750; LAEP 1030
Breadth Humanities (BHU) - USU or HONR 1320; PHIL 1250; CMST 1020
Breadth Life ScienceS (BLS) - USU or HONR 1350; ANTH 1020; WATS 1200; WILD 2200
Breadth Social Sciences (BSS) - ANTH 2330; ENVS 2340; NR 1010
Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) - USU or HONR 3071; USU or HONR 3072; HIST 3950; PHIL 3510; PHIL 4310
Depth Social Sciences (DSS0 - ANTH 3300; ANTH 3360; APEC 3012; MGT 3110; POLS 4820
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – MATH 1050, STAT 1040, MATH 1110, MATH 1210, MATH 1220, STAT 2300



The Department of Geology welcomes students with an interest in the Earth. Geologists study the history of life and progression of mountain building on our planet. They search for important resources such as petroleum, natural gas and mineral deposits. Geologist attempt to predict earthquake frequency and severity. They develop programs for assessing and monitoring the quality of water resources.

Geology is a diverse field and encompasses aspects of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics. In addition to these disciplines, geology is unique in dealing with time. In order to prepare for geoscience courses, students are encouraged to take the prerequisite courses in chemistry (CHEM 1210, 1215, 1220, 1225), mathematics (MATH 1210, 1220), and physics (PHYS 2210, 2215, 2220, 2225) as soon as possible in their undergraduate careers.
The Geology Department offers small upper division courses with excellent student/teacher ratios. Almost all of our upper division courses are taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty. Many of our courses have a strong field component where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world geologic settings. Our undergraduates are encouraged to pursue research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member. Funding for undergraduate research is often available from faculty research grants, the University’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) program, and the College of Science.
The Geology BS is the primary degree pursued by the majority of our undergraduates. This best prepares them for employment in the geosciences or graduate school. The following links lead to degree options offered by the Department of Geology:


Please contact the **Geology Undergraduate Advisor if you have questions about our undergraduate Geology programs.
If you would like to become a Geology major, please stop by the Geology Office in Geology 205 and speak with Ellen Imler (435-797-1273).