Department of Geology

Dr. Stanley L. Ulanski, Acting Head

Professors

R. Amenta, Fichter, Kearns, Robinson, Sherwood, Ulanski

Associate Professor

Sander

Assistant Professor

Campbell

Instructor

Springer

Course Descriptions: Geology and Interscience Research

The Department of Geology offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in geology. Minors are also offered in this area.

Geology Programs

The geology program provides a strong theoretical background in geology while allowing the student maximum flexibility in choosing courses to prepare for a specific career in the geological sciences.

Geology majors are required to complete a core of geology courses and other minimum requirements. Additional courses may be selected as preparation for graduate study, for work in industry or government, or for earth science teaching on the secondary level.

Core requirements of the major support and further develop the foundational skills fostered by the liberal studies program. Writing skills are emphasized throughout and special writing experiences are included in GEOL 110, 364, 399, and 491, 497 and 499. Oral communications experience and skills receive attention within courses such as GEOL 491 and with public presentations required of all students completing GEOL 491, 497 and 499. The increasing use of computer-based technology in the study of geology exposes all students to technology and software in required courses such as GEOL 280, 290, 300 and 364, as well as electives such as GEOL 390, 489, 460 and 493. Finally, all graduates participate in a formal course designed to integrate the skills and content of geology through research (for example GEOL 491, 497 or 499) or an internship experience under faculty supervision.

Geology majors are prepared to collect data in the field and laboratory on minerals, rocks, fossils, landforms and structures; properly use field and laboratory equipment; and construct accurate geologic maps and displays of geologic data. Geology majors are also able to use geologic data to write interpretive geological reports and histories of regions, solve environmental and economic geological problems, and critically evaluate the theories and conclusions of other geologists.

Students with a good background in geology are encouraged to take the department's exemption examination in basic geology or oceanography.

Major Requirements (B.S. and B.A. Degrees)

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 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus
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

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

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

Credit
Core Requirements Hours
GEOL 110. Physical Geology 4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth 4
GEOL 280. Mineralogy 3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy 3
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 497. Problems in Geology
GEOL 499. Honors in Geology
33-36

Concentration Electives

Either B.A. or B.S. degree option requires that each student complete at least 12-13 credit hours chosen from one of the following three concentrations.

General Geology

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

Earth Resources

GEOL 220. Genetic Mineralogy
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 493. Geophysics

Environmental and Engineering Geology

GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 410. Engineering Geology
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 489. Quantitative Methods in Geology

Earth Science Education

GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 320. Meteorology
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 385. Geomorphology

Licensure in secondary earth science teaching would 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. See pages 147-148 for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Minor in Geology

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

Major in Geology (B.A. Degree)

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II 8
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
GEOL 110. Physical Geology 4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth 4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (recommended) 3
Liberal studies courses 6
31
Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
GEOL 280. Mineralogy 3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy 3
GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems 4
Foreign language courses 1 8
Liberal studies courses 9-11
Social science 6
33-35
Credit
Junior Year Hours
GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology 3
GEOL 365. Structural Geology 3
GEOL 399. Field Geology (May session) 6
Geology electives 6-8
Liberal studies courses 9-11
Philosophy course 3
30-34
Credit
Senior Year Hours
Choose from the following: 3
GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology
GEOL 499. Honors in Geology
Geology electives 5-6
Electives 19-26
27-36

1 Foreign language at the intermediate level.

Major in Geology (B.S. Degree)

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II 8
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
GEOL 110. Physical Geology 4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth 4
Choose from the following: 6-8
MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus (six credits)
MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus
(eight credits)
Liberal studies course 3
31-33
Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
GEOL 280. Mineralogy 3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy 3
GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems 4
GEOL 365. Structural Geology 3
Choose from 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
Liberal studies courses 12
33
Credit
Junior Year Hours
GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology 3
GEOL 399. Field Geology (May session) 6
Geology electives 8
Liberal studies courses 8
Social science courses 6
Electives 3
34
Credit
Senior Year Hours
Choose from the following: 3-6
GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research
(three credits)
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology (three credits)
GEOL 499. Honors (six credits)
Electives 9-20
12-26

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University