2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geology [GLY]


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This liberal arts major in the Geology Department  provides a solid foundation in the geological sciences. The program is designed to prepare students for licensure as professional geologists as well as meet entrance requirements of graduate programs in geology. The program is registered with the New York State Education Department as a licensure qualifying program for the profession of Geologist.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Recall and explain the terminology, concepts and principles of science, geology and its sub-disciplines such as: mineralogy, petrology, sedimentary geology, paleontology, geomorphology, hydrogeology and structural geology.
  2. Collect and analyze data using the methods and tools of geology in field and laboratory settings.
  3. Communicate results and interpretations of geology in written reports and papers.
  4. Communicate results and interpretations of geology in spoken presentations.
  5. Apply the knowledge and skills of geology to real world problems and settings.

Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement

The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.

  • Program Standard GPA
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all GLY courses
  • Geology Major Requirements
    • 37 credits in any GLY course

Career Potential

  • Licensed professional geologist
  • Environmental or exploration geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Research or academic scientist

Select one from the following:


D. Additional requirements for the B.A.: 58 credit hours


Composition and General Education courses: 21-27 credit hours
Foreign language courses: 3-12 credit hours
Elective courses: 19-34 credit hours

E. Additional requirements for the B.S. 58 credit hours


Composition and General Education courses: 21-27 credit hours
Foreign Language courses: 0-3 credit hours
Free elective courses: 28-37 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120


Example of the B.A./B.S. in Geology over four years


First Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 14


First Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Fall


  • (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)
    Elective (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


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