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Geology


The Geology concentration encompasses the broad study of materials of the earth and processes that affect them as well as the evolution of life and its impact on earth materials and processes.  Earth processes include volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, and ground and surface water migration.  Geologists utilize their knowledge to identify and assess environmental hazards such as ground and surface water contamination, land surface stability, and volcanic and earthquake activity.   Knowledge of earth processes also helps the geologist understand the formation, occurrence, and extraction of natural resources such as water, oil and gas, and valuable minerals and metals.  Geology is a great field of study for students who enjoy blending the outdoor physical environment with science.  With consultation of a faculty advisor, our program prepares students for jobs in the geological sciences in private industry, state and federal government, and teaching, or for entrance into graduate school in the Geosciences.  Our graduates are successfully employed in the environmental field and in the exploration or production of natural resources.  The Bachelor of Geosciences with a concentration in geology prepares students for state licensure to practice geology in the state of Tennessee.

General Education Core


  Credit Hours
see General Education Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1

 

Major Requirements that Satisfy General Education Core


  • GEOG 1010 - Physical Geography 3
  • GEOL 1040/1041 - Physical Geology (and lab) 4
  • CHEM 1110/1111 - General Chemistry I (and lab) 4
Total Hours 11

 

 


Major Core Requirements


Total Hours 19

 

Lower Division Courses


  • CHEM 1120/1121 - General Chemistry II (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 1050/1051 - Historical Geology (and lab) 4
  • MATH 1730 - Precalculus 4
Total Hours 12

Upper Division Courses


  • GEOL 3100/3101 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 3500/3501 - Mineralogy (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 3600/3601 - Petrology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 4080/4081 - Structural Geology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 4082 - Structure Field Practicum 1
  • GEOL 4250/4251 - Hydrogeology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 4910/4911 - Invertebrate Paleontology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 4995 - Seminar in Geoscience Communication 2
Total Hours 27

Electives


Select ten (10) credit hours from the list below

  • GEOL 3030/3031 - Environmental Geology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 3680 - Principles of Geochemistry 3
  • GEOL 4050/4051 - Process Geomorphology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 4100 - Seminar in Tectonics 3
  • GEOL 4252 - Environmental Geology Field Methods 2
  • GEOL 4450/4451 - Economic Geology (and lab) 4
  • GEOL 455 A, B, C - Seminar in Earth Science 1 each
  • GEOL 4500 - Laboratory Research Project 1 to 3
  • GEOL 4920 - Advanced Paleontology 3
  • GEOL 4990 - Geology Field Camp 6
  • MATH 1910 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4
Total Hours 10

Allied Sciences


Select eight (8) credit hours from the list below

  • BIOL 1110/1111 - General Biology I (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 2010/2011 - College Physics I (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 2020/2021 - College Physics II (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 2110/2111 - University Physics I (and lab) 4
  • PHYS 2120/2121 - University Physics II (and lab) 4
Total Hours 8