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Classes & Requirements

The Geology curriculum is also designed to introduce students to a wide variety of equipment used to study the Earth. Students will master basic geology equipment such as Brunton Compasses and microscopes, which will prepare them for more advanced work analyzing rocks samples on Keystone’s Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emissions Spectrometer (ICP-OES). 

Introductory courses such as Physical Geology and Earth Systems History provide students with a strong foundation in geologic processes, while upper level courses such as Petrology and Structural Geology refine those skills while preparing students for careers in the geosciences.

Curriculum Requirements for the Geology B.S. Degree

The courses listed below may not be the most up to date listing of requirements for this degree. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic adviser for the most accurate course selection and degree progress.

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are required for graduation from the Geology program:

At least 36 of the 120 credits required for the bachelor’s degree must be at the 3000-and/or 400 level.

Students will work closely with an academic adviser to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic adviser assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.