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Department of Geology and Environmental Science

Mission Statement

Minor Requirements

Goals

Teaching Licensure

Career Opportunities

Degree and Major Requirements

 




Dr. Stanley L. Ulanski, Head

Phone: (540) 568-6130
E-mail: ulansksl@jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/geology/geodept.html

Professors
R. Amenta, D. Brakke, L. Fichter, L. Kearns, W. Sherwood, S. Ulanski

Associate Professors
S. Baedke, L. Eaton, E. Pyle, K. St.John

Instructor
M. Harris



Mission Statement

The principal mission of geology’s instructional program is to serve two vital needs of the JMU students. First, the major in geology presents a high quality program of specialized study focusing on earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history and application of geology to environmental and engineering issues. Fundamental to this mission is a commitment to foster the ability to think analytically and to communicate both within the discipline and with non-scientists. Course work and research experiences prepare the student for postgraduate study or professional careers that are subject to rapidly changing societal needs. Second, it is committed to enhancing general education by offering timely and challenging courses that provide insight into earth processes and human-environment interactions. These courses promote life long liberal learning by fostering awareness of the contingent nature of knowledge.


Goals and Objectives

  • Provide a stimulating, intellectual environment for students in geology and environmental studies that will generate interest and enthusiasm for learning and will provide a solid foundation for graduate work and careers in geology and environmental studies.
  • To teach science as science is practiced. Since the advancement of scientific knowledge often occurs within a social context – collaboration among scientists, conferences, workshops – the goal is to develop a similar mode of operation for the geology program.
  • Provide high quality, relevant general studies courses within the discipline that will probe the philosophy of science and the history of geologic thought. These courses will incorporate critical thinking and an appreciation of the human environment.

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

  • Hydrologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Paleontologist
  • Mineral Curator
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geochemist
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Earth Science Teaching

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

B.A. degree students are required to complete CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L before enrolling in required geology courses numbered 300 and higher.

Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education1

41-44

Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)

0-14

Philosophy course (In addition to General Education courses)

3

Major requirements (listed below) and electives

60-71


 

120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

The following are core courses required for both B.S. and B.A. degree students:

Core Courses

Credit Hours

GEOL 110. Physical Geology

4

GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth

4

GEOL 280. Mineralogy

4

GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology

3

GEOL 364. Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis

4

GEOL 365. Structural Geology

3

GEOL 399. Field Geology

6

Choose one from the following:

3-6

GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research
GEOL 494. Internship in Geology
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology
GEOL 499. Honors in Geology

 


 

31-34

The B.A. and B.S. degree option requires that each student complete at least 12-13 credit hours chosen from the following courses except for GEOL 211 or GEOL 320.

GEOL 220. Genetic Mineralogy
GEOL 350. Invertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 405. Vertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 415. Geological Evolution of North America
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 493. Geophysics
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 395. Geological Perspectives in Materials
GEOL 410. Engineering Geology
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 489. Quantitative Methods in Geology
GEOL 493. Geophysics
Earth Science Education
GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 320. Meteorology
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 385. Geomorphology

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education1

41-44

Quantitative requirement (In addition to General Education)

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (In addition to General Education)

3-4

Major requirements (listed below) and electives

70-74


 

120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

The following are core courses required for both B.S. and B.A. degree students:

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

GEOL 110. Physical Geology

4

GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth

4

GEOL 280. Mineralogy

4

GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology

3

GEOL 364. Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis

4

GEOL 365. Structural Geology

3

GEOL 399. Field Geology

6

Choose one from the following:

3-6

GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research
GEOL 494. Internship in Geology
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology
GEOL 499. Honors in Geology

 


 

31-34

The B.S. degree in geology is designed for students who plan to obtain professional employment in geology or enter graduate school upon graduation. It is recommended that incoming B.S. degree students complete the following courses prior to enrolling in required geology courses numbered 300 and higher.

CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II Choose one of the following:

MATH 231-232 Calculus with Functions I-II MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II

Choose one of the following:

PHYS 140-140L; PHYS 150-150L. College Physics I-II with Laboratories PHYS 240-140L; PHYS 250-150L. University Physics I-II with Laboratories

Students planning graduate study in some areas of the geosciences should consider additional courses in mathematics, physics, or chemistry beyond those required for the B.S. Major.
The B.A. and B.S. degree option requires that each student complete at least 12-13 credit hours chosen from the following courses except for GEOL 211 or GEOL 320.

GEOL 220. Genetic Mineralogy
GEOL 350. Invertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 405. Vertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 415. Geological Evolution of North America
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 493. Geophysics
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 395. Geological Perspectives in Materials
GEOL 410. Engineering Geology
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 489. Quantitative Methods in Geology
GEOL 493. Geophysics
Earth Science Education
GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 320. Meteorology
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 385. Geomorphology

Recommended Schedule for Majors
(B.A. Degree)

First Year

Credit Hours

Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century

9-12

CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II

8

GEOL 110. Physical Geology

4

IGEOL 230. Evolution of Earth

4

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (recommended)

3


 

28


Second Year

Credit Hours

GEOL 280. Mineralogy

4

GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems

4

Geology elective

3

Choose one of the following:

8

PHYS 140-140L; PHYS 150-150L. College
Physics I-II with Laboratories
PHYS 240-140L; PHYS 250-150L. University
Physics I-II with Laboratories

 

General Education courses

12


31

Third Year

Credit Hours

GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology

3

GEOL 365. Structural Geology

3

GEOL 399. Field Geology (May session)

6

Geology electives

8

General Education courses

9

Electives

3


 

29


Fourth Year

Credit Hours

Choose from the following:

3

GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research (three credits)
GEOL 494. Internship (three credits)
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology (three credits)
GEOL 499. Honors (six credits)

 

Electives

9-20


 

12-26



Minor Requirements

Geology Minor

The requirement for a minor in geology is a minimum of 18 credit hours of geology approved by the student's geology adviser.


Teaching Licensure

Licensure in secondary earth science teaching will also require a course in astronomy, a course in biology and fulfillment of the requirements of the Teacher Licensure Program. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. For a full description of the program in secondary education, refer to the College of Education.

 

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