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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Geological Sciences Major (B.S.)

Major code BS3321

College of Arts and Sciences
Geological Sciences Department
Clippinger Laboratories 316
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1101
Fax: 740.593.0486


Gregory Springer, Chair, contact person

Gregory Nadon, Undergraduate Coordinator, contact person

Program Overview

The B.S. in geological sciences is the standard preparation for a professional career in the geological sciences or entry into a graduate program.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective  or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A degree in geological sciences prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities. Upon graduation, students can pursue positions with employers in the petroleum industry, state and national government agencies, research laboratories, state highway departments, mining companies, civil engineering firms, surveying companies, consulting firms, museums, public and private K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, etc. Students are also adequately prepared to pursue graduate work in their field of interest.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Geological Sciences (B.S.) Major Requirements

The major requirement for the (B.S.) degree in Geological Sciences requires 47 hours.

Introductory Geology Course

This requirement may be satisifed by taking one of the three following options.

Option 1

Complete the following course:

Option 2

Complete the following course, plus an additional course as a prerequisite.

Option 3

Complete the following course:

Geological Sciences Core Courses

Complete a total of 47 semester hours of GEOL coursework, including the following:

Geological Sciences Electives

Complete any two 4000-level courses in geological sciences.

Geological Sciences Majors Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete the following three components.

Component 1: Calculus

Complete the following course:

Component 2: Chemistry

Complete one of the following two options.

Option 1: Principles of Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

Option 2: Principles of Chemistry

Complete the following courses:

Component 3: Biology or Physics

Complete one of the following four options.

Option 1: Physics

Complete the following courses:

Option 2: Physics

Complete the following courses:

Option 3: Physics

Complete the following courses: