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Geology (BS)

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General Education Requirements (53-57 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours. Arts and Sciences Majors take 5 Courses, 15 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. 6 hours from: AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, ARS 121, ARS 123, ARS 124, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, GS 101, IST 105, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, LG 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272LG 273, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L. Note: BLY 121 and BLY 122 are restricted to Arts and Sciences science majors, Allied Health science majors, Engineering majors, and Computer Science majors. Students cannot receive credit for both BLY 101 and BLY 121 or for both BLY 122 and BLY 102.

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (3 Courses, 9-10 Hours)

  1. Foreign Language. 6 hours from any one group:

    LG 101 & LG 102, LGS 106 & LGS 107, LGS 110 & LGS 111, LG 111 & LG 112 or proficiency test or LG 113, LG 121 & LG 122, LG 131 & LG 132 or proficiency test or LG 134, LGS 131 & LGS 132, LG 141 & LG 142, LGS 141 & LGS 142, LG 151 & LG 152 or proficiency test or LG 153, LGS 161 & LGS 162, LG 171 & LG 172 or LG 173, LGS 171 & LGS 172, LGS 181 & LGS 182

    Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency test offered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the level equivalent to the second semester of the foreign language sequence, or by passing another test (e.g., AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at the equivalent level). Students who pass a proficiency test at the level equivalent to first semester of the foreign language sequence are required to complete only the second semester and will fulfill the foreign language requirement with 3 credit hours of course work.

  2. Natural Sciences/Math. 3-4 hour lab science or math/stat course from:

    AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L,  ST 210, MA 113- 299 (except 201 and 202).

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136)

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.

Major Requirements 40Hours)

Geology Major Core (10 Courses, 33 Hours)

  1. 33 hours: GY 111 and GY 111L, GY 112 and 112L, GY 301, GY 302, GY 303, GY 306 (W), GY 403 (W), GY 480 

Pre-Professional Concentration (# Courses & Labs, # Hours)

  1. 7 hours: GY 305, GY 401, GY 425, GY 494 

Minor Requirements (18-24 Hours)

A minor is required for this degree program


Notes:

* Recommended Course

 


Additional Information

The Geology degree also requires: CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, PH 114 & PH 114L or PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 115 & PH 115L or PH 202 & PH 202L, MA 125, MA 126

  

Geology (BS) :  Pre-Professional Concentration (40 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 111 Physical Geology 3
GY 111L Physical Geology Lab 1
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
EH 101 English Composition I 3
CH 131 General Chemistry I 3
CH 131L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CAS 100 First Year Experience 2
      Total Hours 16

First Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 112 Earth History 3
GY 112L Earth History Lab 1
EH 102  English Composition 3
CH 132 General Chemistry II 3
CH 132L General Chemistry Lab 1
  Social Science 1 (History Sequence 1) 3
     
      Total Hours 14

Second Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 301 Geomorphology 3
MA 125 Calculus I 4
  Social Science 2 (History Sequence 2) 3
EH 225 Humanities 1 (Survey of American Literature I) 3
  Foreign Language 1 3
     
      Total Hours 16

Second Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 306 (W) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
MA 126 Calculus II 4
EH 226 Humanities 2 (Survey of American Literature II) 3
  Foreign Language 2 3
     
     
      Total Hours 14

Third Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 302 Mineralogy & Crystallography 4
PH 115 or PH 202 Alg-Trig Based Physics I or Calculuse Based Physics I 4
PH 115L or PH 202L Physics I Lab 0
  Social Science 3 3
  Social Science 4 3
     
     
      Total Hours 14 

Third Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 303 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
PH 115 or PH 202 Alg-Trig Based Physics II or Calculus Based Physics II 4
PH 115L or PH 202L Physics II Lab 0
  Minor course 1  3-4
  Minor course 2 3-4
     
      Total Hours 14-16 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
 GY elective Geology elective 1 3
  Minor course 3 3-4
  Minor course 4 3-4
  Humanities 3/Fine Arts 1 3
     
      Total Hours 12-14

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 402 (W) Structural Geology 4
GY elective Geology elective 2 3
  Minor course 5 3-4
  Minor course 6 3-4
     
      Total Hours 13-15

Fourth Year - Summer Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
GY 480 Field Geology 6
     
     
     
      Total Hours 6

 

Notes
 *Recommended Course
 **See Degree Requirements

Department of Earth Sciences website
http://southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/earthsci/

The Department of Earth Sciences includes the disciplines of Geography, Geology, and Meteorology, and it offers a B.S. degree as well as a minor in each of these three majors. Students can also earn a GIS Certificate and/or a minor in Geographic Information Technology (GIT) Geography, which is both a natural and a social science, studies the location, spatial distribution, and spatial interaction of Earth's natural and human environments. Courses and research in the program encompass the broad subfields of Human Geography (for example, tourism, health, and social justice), Physical Geography (like climatology, natural hazards, and environmental geography), Regional Geography (International Economics and Relations), and Geographic Techniques, including Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS/GIT) and Remote Sensing. Upon completing their degree, geography students are employed in government, industry, and nonprofits in multiple kinds of work environments (includes field, lab, computer, office and work).

Geology is an interdisciplinary physical science pertaining to the study of the Earth. Courses and research within the department address the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments, and water; the processes that shape the Earth’s surface; the stratigraphic, paleobiological, and geochemical records of Earth history; and the processes associated with deformation in the Earth’s crust and mantle. Together an understanding is obtained of present-day, historical, and long-term feedbacks between global systems, as well as the origin and occurrence of our natural resources.

Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena and the processes that cause weather. The science of meteorology is firmly rooted in basic physical laws governing mass, momentum, and energy. Many weather processes are simulated by complex computer models; however, accurate weather analysis and forecasting often requires meteorologists to identify and conceptualize weather patterns often missed by automated techniques.

The programs of the Department of Earth Sciences are designed to give the non-major a background in Earth and atmospheric science and the human impact on the landscape as part of a general education. Students pursuing a degree in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology must also have a minor in another discipline.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a departmental honors program that allows exceptional students to pursue independent research. Students work with a faculty committee to choose an Earth Sciences research project (Geography, Geology, Meteorology), develop a prospectus, and complete a senior thesis. Students completing this program graduate with departmental honors.

Requirements for successful completion of an honors degree in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology include a GPA of at least 3.50 at graduation and completion of ES 492 (Honors Earth Sciences Seminar), ES 497 (Senior Thesis Prospectus), and six hours of ES 499 (Senior Honors Thesis). These classes are in addition to those required for the major in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology. All honors courses are listed under the prefix ES. Students interested in Earth Sciences honors must apply for the program by their junior year. Complete requirements are available on the departmental web page.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. Students must demonstrate technology proficiency by passing the designated class in their major. GEO 331 for Geography majors, GY 301 for Geology majors, or MET 455 for Meteorology majors.

Graduate studies

Although the Department of Earth Sciences has no graduate degree program, courses, including Geographic Information Technology (GIT), are offered at the graduate level for students enrolled in Biology, Public Administration, Marine Sciences and Environmental Toxicology, and others who need such course work. Contact the Department for more information.