The Geology concentration provides a comprehensive undergraduate education in geology, emphasizing a hands-on and field-oriented approach that is well-suited to professional careers in the energy and mining industries, government agencies, consulting, resource management, and the many other fields that employ geologists. The Geology concentration, combined with additional education, provides an excellent science background for other diverse careers, including primary and secondary school teaching, science writing, environmental and resource law, and resource and/or hazards specializations within the construction, insurance, real estate, and securities industries. The Geology concentration additionally provides a foundational background for graduate education in the geosciences.

Effective Fall 2020

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
GEOL 1501Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers3A4
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical Geology 4
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
Select one course from the following: 3-4
One Year Calculus IB (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 28-29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
GEOL 232Mineralogy 3
GEOL 250The Solid Earth 3
GEOL 332Optical Mineralogy 2
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following:  5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4A4
GEOL 372Structural Geology4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field Methods4A,4C3
Select one course from the following:  4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Select one course from the following: 5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Intro to Theory and Practice of Statistics  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 29-30
Summer 
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field Course4C6
 Total Credits 6
Senior
 
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry4A,4B4
GEOL 454Geomorphology 4
Geology Electives3 7
Select 3 credits from Technical Elective Department List 3
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry  
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry  
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry  
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
Foundations of Physical Chemistry  
Physical Chemistry I  
Basic Hydrology  
Nonpoint Source Pollution  
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation  
Calculus for Physical Scientists III  
Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Linear Algebra I  
Biological Diversity  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management  
Introduction to Modern Physics  
Physical Thermodynamics  
Pedology  
Soil Microbiology  
Soil Physics  
Intro to Theory and Practice of Statistics  
Seasonal Snow Environments  
Environmental Organic Chemistry  
Programming for GIS I  
Programming for GIS II  
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis  
Land Use Hydrology  
Land Use and Water Quality  
Electives5 6-8
 Total Credits 24-26
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and EngineersX 3A4
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1) X1B1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   13
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical GeologyX  4
Select one course from the following: X 3-4
One Year Calculus IB (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
CO 150 and MATH 126 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.    
 Total Credits   15-16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
GEOL 232MineralogyX  3
GEOL 332Optical Mineralogy X 2
Select one course from the following:  X 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)  3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)  3A 
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 250The Solid Earth X 3
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyX 4B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1) X1B4
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
 Total Credits   14
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and SedimentologyX 4A4
Select one course from the following:X  5
General Physics II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations    
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods    
Intro to Theory and Practice of Statistics    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 372Structural GeologyX 4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field MethodsX 4A,4C3
Select one course from the following:   4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Historical Perspectives  3D3
CHEM 113 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field CourseX 4C6
 Total Credits   6
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and GeochemistryX 4A,4B4
Geology Electives   4
Elective   1
Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
STAT 301 or STAT 315 or MATH 340 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   12
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 454GeomorphologyX  4
Geology ElectiveX  3
ElectivesX  5-7
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12-14
 Program Total Credits:   120