Earth Science, B.A.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 160 Bison image Applied Math Reasoning (CT)5
PS 101 Bison image Introductory Astronomy (CT)4
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 160 Bison image  Cap graduation image Applied Math Reasoning (CT)5
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
GLY 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image
& GLY 210L Bison image
The Dynamic Earth
and Earth Materials Lab
4
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
GLY 491 Bison image Capstone Experience2
Major-Specific
GLY 100 Bison image  Cap graduation image Geologic Hazards & Resources3
GLY 150 Bison image Intro Oceanography3
GLY 150L Bison image Intro Oceanography Lab1
GLY 200 Bison image The Dynamic Earth3
GLY 210L Bison image Earth Materials Lab1
GLY 201 Bison image The Earth Through Time3
GLY 211L Bison image Earth Through Time Lab1
GLY 313 Cap graduation image Structural Geology4
GLY 325 Cap graduation image Stratigraphy & Sediment4
GLY 451Principles Geomorphology4
GLY 456 Cap graduation image Environmental Geology4
GLY 491 Bison image Capstone Experience2
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology4
IST 150Spreadsheet & Database Prin3
PS 101 Bison image Introductory Astronomy (CT)4
PS 400Astronomy3
PS 400LAstronomy Laboratory1
MTH 160 Bison image Applied Math Reasoning (CT)5
ENG 354Scientific & Tech Writing3
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT)4
GEO 422 Bison image Environmental Geography3
GEO 426Principles of GIS4
GLY Elective4
GLY Elective4
Elective (GLY, GEO, IST or NRE)3-4

Major Information

  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the College of Science literature requirement as well as the Core II writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change semesters. Please consult each semesters schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math is based on an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate mathematics and science courses.
  • The capstone experience (GLY 491 Capstone Experience) is an individualized research project or internship experience requiring a written report and an oral presentation. The capstone requirement may be met alternatively by attending geology summer field camp or by completing the capstone seminar offered each spring.

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Four Year Plan

Programs of study offered by the Department of Geology are designed for individuals seeking a career as an earth scientist. The greatest numbers of geologists are employed by natural resource industries. These include metallic and nonmetallic mining companies as well as petroleum, natural gas, and coal companies. New and challenging careers are also available in environmental and engineering geology. The majority of graduates in the past few years have found employment with environmental and geotechnical companies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
GLY 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image The Dynamic Earth 3
GLY 210L Bison image  Cap graduation image Earth Materials Lab 1
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GLY 201 Bison image The Earth Through Time 3
GLY 211L Bison image Earth Through Time Lab 1
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
GLY 100 Bison image Geologic Hazards & Resources 3
IST 150 Spreadsheet & Database Prin 3
Multicultural or International 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
PS 101 Bison image Introductory Astronomy (CT) 4
GLY 325 Cap graduation image Stratigraphy & Sediment 4
GLY 150 Bison image Intro Oceanography 3
GLY 150L Bison image Intro Oceanography Lab 1
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
GLY 313 Cap graduation image Structural Geology 4
GLY Elective 4
ENG 354 Scientific & Tech Writing 3
MTH 160 Bison image  Cap graduation image Applied Math Reasoning (CT) 5
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
PS 400 Astronomy 3
PS 400L Astronomy Laboratory 1
GLY 451 Principles Geomorphology 4
Elective (GLY, GEO, IST or NRE) 4
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GLY 456 Cap graduation image Environmental Geology 4
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT) 4
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
Writing Intensive 3
GEO 426 Principles of GIS 4
GLY 491 Bison image Capstone Experience 2
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
GEO 422 Bison image Environmental Geography 3
GLY Elective 4
Core II Humanities 3
Core II Social Science 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120