May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Geology: Environmental Geology, B.S.

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General Education (40-41 hours)

(see General Education  for list of approved courses) 

Program Requirements

Mathematics (4 credit hours)

* Students should speak to their Geology advisors about taking the math course that best suits their post-graduation plans.

Writing in the Discipline (3 credit hours)

Capstone Research (4 credit hours)

4 credits of research experience. Must take GEOL 4800 and 4900 of the Departmental Thesis option.

Environmental Geology Concentration Requirements (18-19 credit hours)

Additional Information and Notes

2.0 GPA in all required major and related 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. 

Requirements to take State Board Exam (ASBOG) towards licensure

An application for approval to take the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination is designed for applicants who want to take the FG examination before acquiring the professional geologic work experience required for licensure. It is recommended that you take the FG examination during your final semester in college (assessment examination) or shortly after graduating from college. You must have completed a minimum of 30 hours of Geology coursework to take the exam. Students should consult with their Geology faculty advisor/mentor to plan coursework that will contribute to success on the FG exam.

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 the preparation of the individual student.

ClearPath for Advising

The ClearPath for Advising provides students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Advisement website.

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