Advising Resources for Geosciences Students
Geosciences majors are assigned a faculty advisor who can guide students on what courses they should be taking to achieve their career goals. Faculty advisors are listed on student’s One Stop Advising page. Students are required to meet with their advisor every fall and spring before they register for classes. The department encourages all geosciences students to be familiar with the requirements for the Geography and Geology concentrations with B.S. in Geosciences degree. Below you can find links to degree checklists for the Geography and Geology concentrations, a schedule of when upper-division courses will be offered, and the General Education requirements (courses that need to be completed for all degrees at APSU).
Your advisor will give you the best advice for what specific courses you should be taking each semester. In general, the department suggests that students take any required lower-division (1000-2000 level) math, chemistry, and physics course as early as possible. Completion of these courses will greatly assist your success in upper-division geosciences courses (3000-4000 level courses). With regards to the order in which upper-division Geosciences courses should be taken, it is recommended that majors take GEOG 3150/3151 Geographic Information Systems I and GEOL 3060/3061 Statistics in the Geosciences as early as possible. Within the Geology Concentration, GEOL 3100/3101 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation and GEOL 3500/3501 Mineralogy are regarded as good, first upper-division courses to take. Whereas, GEOL 4080/4081 Structural Geology and GEOL 4250/4251 Hydrogeology, are courses better taken after a few upper-division courses have been completed.