May 26, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Geology, B.S.

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General Education

(see General Education Requirements  for list of approved courses)

Rhetoric and Composition: (6 hours)

  • Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition

Mathematics: (3 hours; approved related courses below will apply)

  • One approved mathematics course

Statistics: (3 hours)

  • One approved statistics course

Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component

Humanities and Fine Arts: (6 hours)

  • Two approved humanities and fine arts courses, one from fine arts and one from either

Cultures and Civilizations: (9 hours total)

  • Option A: Western Humanities I and II and Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations or
  • Option B: World Civilization I, II, III

Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)

  • Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines


Each geology major must also complete the requirements for either the Geology program or the Environmental Geology program.

Additional Information and Notes

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).

Minimum of 39 hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Electives to complete 120 hours.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

Licensure to Teach

Students seeking licensure to teach Geology should pursue their major through Geology: STEM Education, B.S. 

Field Work

Geology majors are encouraged to enroll in a field geology course (field camp) during the summer following the junior or senior year. In the latter case, graduation will be postponed until August and the requirement that the last 30 hours be completed at UTC will be waived. It is still required, however, that at least 30 hours be completed at UTC.

Graduate Study Preparation

Most graduate schools in geology require a minimum of 1 year of calculus, 1 year of calculus-based physics, and a good background in courses from biology, chemistry, and computer science, and a geology field camp. Therefore, students intending to pursue a graduate degree in geology should take those courses that will best prepare them for the graduate program of their choice. It is strongly recommended that the prospective graduate student also take GEOL 4997r .

MATH 1710 , and MATH 1720  may be recommended to precede MATH 1950  , depending on preparation of the individual student. Students taking the Environmental Geology option may substitute MATH 1830  for MATH 1950  .

MATH 1130  may be recommended to precede MATH 1830 , depending on the preparation of the individual student.

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