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BS in Geology
(74–75 hours*)



This basic degree in geology prepares graduates for professional employment in industry or government or for advanced studies in geology, business, or law.

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  1. No D credit is allowed in major courses.
  2. Complete the following:
  3. Complete 2 hours (four enrollments) of the following:
  4. Complete four courses from the following:
  5. Complete one of the following options:
      Either
        CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (or equivalent) or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure including bonding and periodic properties of the elements; reaction energetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, inorganic and organic chemistry.
        NOTE: Primarily for students in engineering and biological sciences. Three lectures and two recitation sections per week.

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        CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
        DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 105 but covering most of the topics in a more quantitative way. Detailed treatment of thermodynamics and equilibria.
        NOTE: Three lectures and one recitation section per week.

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        CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Chem 106 or Chem 112 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Chemical properties, chemical reactions, collection and interpretation of data, preparation of reports.
        NOTE: Required for most students needing one year of general chemistry.

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      Or
        CHEM 111 : Principles of Chemistry. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 111 : Principles of Chemistry. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: Math 110 or equivalent.
        RECOMMENDED: High school chemistry, physics, and introductory calculus or concurrent enrollment in Math 112.
        DESCRIPTION: Stoichiometry, kinetic-molecular theory, thermodynamics, states of matter, solutions and equilibria, electrochemistry, structure and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics.
        NOTE: Tutorial included.

        Course Outcomes
                 
        : Honors Principles of Chemistry.
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        CHEM 112 : Principles of Chemistry. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 112 : Principles of Chemistry. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Chem 111 or Chem 105 or equivalent.
        DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 111.
        NOTE: Tutorial included.

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  6. Complete the following:
      ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
      DESCRIPTION: Effective processes of written, oral, and visual technical communication, including collaborative processes. Writing for academic and professional audiences.
      NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

      Course Outcomes


      MATH 112 : Calculus 1. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Differential and integral calculus: limits; continuity; the derivative and applications; extrema; the definite integral; fundamental theorem of calculus; L'Hopital's rule.

      Course Outcomes
               
      : Honors Calculus 1.
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      MATH 113 : Calculus 2. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 112.
      DESCRIPTION: Techniques and applications of integration; sequences, series, convergence tests, power series; parametric equations; polar coordinates.

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      PHSCS 105 : General Physics 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHSCS 105 : General Physics 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: High school algebra and trigonometry.
      RECOMMENDED: Concurrent enrollment in Phscs 107.
      DESCRIPTION: Applied physics course not requiring calculus. Mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound.

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      PHSCS 106 : General Physics 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHSCS 106 : General Physics 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Phscs 105 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Concurrent enrollment in Phscs 108.
      DESCRIPTION:  Continuation of Phscs 105. Electricity and magnetism, modern physics, and optics

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      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also; Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: MATH 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION:  Stemplots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression.

      Course Outcomes
               
      : Honors Principles of Statistics.
      Course Outcomes



  7. All students are required to construct a portfolio of their work that includes samples of their writing, scientific data analysis, and presentations--both oral and written. The portfolio will be evaluated during the semester before graduation.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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