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Degree Requirements
 

Part of the degree requirements for Mount Union students is to complete a major and a minor (additional degree requirements are available from the University Registrar's Web Page or in the current University Catalogue.).

The Geology department offers a major in Geology, a minor in Geology, and a minor in Earth Science.  (A PDF version of the requirements for printing can be found here).  Also the department offers a geology track as part of the major in Environmental Science.  The requirements for these majors and minors are outlined below.  Requirements for these programs were changed in 2012.  Students staring classes at Mount Union during fall semester of 2012 who wish to select one of the majors or  minors in the department will need to complete the requirements below.  Students who entered Mount Union before the fall of 2012 will need to complete a modified version of the old requirements so should consult with  a department faculty member.  Contact us for more details or if you have questions.

 
Geology Major
 

The major consists of 38 semester hours in geology.  

Course #

Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
GEO 110 or 116 Physical Geology or Investigation Earth 4
GEO 212 Historical Geology 4
GEO 301 Mineralogy 4
GEO 302 Petrology 4
GEO 325 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
GEO 330 Structural Geology 4
GEO 381-384 Geology Seminar

2

GEO 425 Senior Culminating Experience 4
     
  Geology Electives 8
     
  TOTAL 38
     
 

In addition the following courses from outside the geology department are required for the major:

Course #

Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
MTH 120 or MTH 141 Precalculus or Calculus I (MA 141 is strongly recommended, but not required) 4
CHE 110 or CHE 120

 Foundations  in Chemistry or

Concepts in Chemistry

4
PH 101 or  BI xxx General Physics I or one 4 sem. hr. biology course 4
     
  TOTAL

12

 

 

Additional Notes

ENV 280 GIS: Environmental Applications can be used as a geology elective in the major.

Students are encouraged to undertake independent study by enrolling in GEO 385 and/or GEO 410.

Students planning graduate study should note that most geology departments require two courses each in chemistry, physics and calculus, and completion of a summer field course. Some graduate programs require a reading knowledge of a second language.

Certain requirements may be waived at the discretion of the department if the student presents acceptable alternatives.

 

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Environmental Science Major (with Geology Track)
 

The Environmental Science major requires students to complete four "core" courses in environmental science, three "breadth experience" courses, and to chose a group of courses from one of three "depth experience" (Geology, Chemistry, or Biology).   The requirements for an environmental science major with a geology depth experience are outlined below.  Additional information on the environmental science major, including optional depth experiences in biology and chemistry are available here

 

Environmental Science "Core" Courses

Course #

Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
ENV 190 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
ENV 210 (GY 210) Hydrology and Water Resources 4
ENV 350 Case Studies in Environmental Sciences 4
ENV 400 Environmental Practicum 4
     

 

 

Environmental Science "Breadth" Experience

Course #

Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
PHL 290 Environmental Ethics 4
ENV 240 Environmental Law and Policy 4
MTH 123 or 141 Statistics or Calculus I 4
     
 
 

Environmental "Depth Experience" in Geology

Course #

Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
GEO 112 Physical Geology 4
GEO 212 Historical Geology 4
GEO 301 Mineralogy 4
GEO 325 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation 4
CHE 110 or 120 Foundations  in Chemistry or Concepts in Chemistry 4
BIO 141 The Diversity of Life 4
     
  Any from the following courses totaling at least 14 hours (At least 8 must be GEO hours)  
GEO 270  Regional Geology
4
GEO 302  Petrology
4
GEO 320  Paleontology
4
GEO 330 Structural Geology
4
GEO 410  Research
1-4
BIO 322 Ecotoxicology
2
BIO 325 Environmental Soil Science
4
ENV 280  GIS: An Environmental Approach
4
CHE 210 Environmental Chemistry 4
  Or another appropriate course approved by the director of the Environmental Science Program  
     
  Total (Core+ Breadth Experience+ Depth Experience) 66

 

 

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Geology Minor
 

Geology minor consists of 16 semester hours of coursework as outlined below.

 
 
Course # Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
GEO 112 or 116 Physical Geology or Investigation Earth 4
GEO 212 Historical Geology 4
  Geology Electives

(GEO 301, 320, 325, and 330 are most suitable, but other GEO courses can be selected)

8
     
  TOTAL 16

 

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Earth Science Minor
 

The minor in Earth Science consists of 20 semester hours of coursework from biological, earth/space, physical, and environmental sciences. 

 
Course # Course Title Sem. Hrs.
     
GEO 112 or 116 Physical Geology or Investigation Earth 4
GY 212 Historical Geology 4
PHY 120 Astronomy 4

BIO 190

or CHE 100

or PHY 110

Choose one of the following: Introduction to Environmental Science, or Introductory Chemistry, or Concepts of Physics 4
  Geology Elective (200 level or higher) 4
     
  TOTAL 20
 

Note the Earth Science minor is not available for students majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics

 

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Last updated 01/18/2014

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