B.S. in Geology

Contact Person:
Robert Badger, Chair
216 Timerman, (315) 267-2624, badgerrl@potsdam.edu

42-45 credit hours required. Plus 24 credits of cognates.
 
Research specializations include paleontology, mineralogy, sedimentary geology, igneous or metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, structural geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, geomorphology or environmental geology.

A student’s chosen research field will govern elective courses and cognate requirements.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:


Core Required Courses

Credits
32
GEOL 100, 101, 103, 125, or 195
GEOL 204 Historical Geology  
GEOL 301 Sedimentary Geology (4 credits)  
GEOL 302 Principals of Paleontology (4 credits)  
GEOL 311 Mineralogy (4 credits)  
GEOL 321 Optics and Petrology (4 credits)  
GEOL 405 Structural Geology (4 credits)  
GEOL 407 Geophysics
 
GEOL 420 Geochemistry  

Required Research Component: one or a combination of the following

4-6
GEOL 480 Geology Research (2 @ 3 credits)  
INTD 491 Geology Internship (2 @ 2 credits)  
Under advisement, 6 additional credits of coursework may be substituted for the research/internship component.

Electives: from the following, selected by advisement

6-7
GEOL 300 Field Geology (2 credits)
 
GEOL 303
Geologic Maps and Cross Sections (2 credits)
 
GEOL 306
Geology of our National Parks
 
GEOL 340
Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
 
GEOL 370 Science in Society  
GEOL 395 Hydrology & Hydrogeology (4 credits)
 
GEOL 409 Seismology & Plate Tectonics
 
GEOL 440 Economic Geology (4 credits)
 
GEOL 450
Geology of the Great Basin
 
GEOL 452
Geology of Nova-Scotia - Field Trip (2 credits)
 
GEOL 453
Geology of Nova-Scotia - Research (2 credits)
 

Cognate Requirements

24
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (4 credits)  
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II (4 credits)  
MATH 151 Calculus I (4 credits)  
MATH 152
Calculus II (4 credits) OR
 
  MATH 125
  Probability and Statistics I (4 credits) 
 
PHYS 101 or 103
College or University Physics I (4 credits)
 
PHYS 202 or 204
College or University Physics II (4 credits)
 


Students whose research focuses on Paleontology may, under advisement, take Biology instead of Physics. Those whose research focuses on environmental problems may take Organic Chemistry instead of Physics II.

Grade Requirements
Minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major and for cognates.