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Degree Requirements

Geosciences Core (20 hours)

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Courses in italics also count towards the APSU general education core
GEOL1040 Physical Geology (4 hours; counts for gen.ed. core)
GEOG 1010Physical Geography (3 hours; counts for gen.ed. core)
GEOG 3150Geographic Information Systems I (4 hours)
GEOL 3060Statistics in the Geosciences (formerly Quantitative Geosciences) (4 hours)
CHEM 1110General Chemistry (5 hours)
Geology Core (40 hours)
GEOL 1050 Historical Geology (4 hours; counts for gen.ed. core)
GEOL 4080Structural Geology (formerly GEOL 3000) (4 hours)
GEOL 4082Structure Field Practicum (formerly GEOL 3002) (1 hour)
GEOL 3100Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 hours)
GEOL 3500Mineralogy (4 hours)
GEOL 3600Petrology (4 hours)
GEOL 4250Hydrogeology (4 hours)
GEOL 4910Invertebrate Paleontology (4 hours)
GEOL 4995Seminar in Geosciences Communication (2 hours)
MATH 1730Precalculus (4 hours; counts for gen.ed. core)
CHEM 1120General Chemistry II (5 hours)
Electives (choose 8-10 hours)
GEOL 3030Environmental Geology (4 hours)
GEOL 3680Principles of Geochemistry (3 hours)
GEOL 4050Process Geomorphology (4 hours)
GEOL 4100Seminar in Tectonics (3 hours)
GEOL 4450Economic Geology (4 hours)
GEOL 4920Advanced Paleontology (3 hours)
GEOL 4990Field Geology (6 hours) *Recommended!
GEOL 450ABCLaboratory Research  Project (3 hours)
GEOL 455ABCSeminar in Earth Science (3 hours)
MATH 1910Calculus and Analytical Geometry (5 hours) *Recommended!
Allied sciences: choose TWO courses (8-10 hours)
BIOL 1110Principles of Biology (4 hours)
PHYS 2010College Physics (5 hours) *Recommended!
PHYS 2020College Physics (5 hours) *Recommended!
PHYS 2110University Physics (5 hours) *Recommended!
PHYS 2120University Physics (5 hours) *Recommended!

*Note: Students planning to attend graduate school in the geological sciences should select the following electives:

  • GEOL 4990
  • MATH 1910
  • PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2020 or higher physics equivalent

Although not required, Math 1920 (Calculus and Analytical Geometry) is also recommended.