Geology, B.S.

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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 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (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 Experience2-4
Major-Specific
GLY 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image The Dynamic Earth3
GLY 210L Bison image  Cap graduation image Earth Materials Lab1
GLY 201 Bison image The Earth Through Time3
GLY 211L Bison image Earth Through Time Lab1
GLY 212 Cap graduation image Geologic Field Methods3
GLY 313 Cap graduation image Structural Geology4
GLY 314 Cap graduation image Mineralogy4
GLY 320LGeology Lab Techniques2
GLY 325 Cap graduation image Stratigraphy & Sediment4
GLY 418Invertebrate Paleontology3-4
or GLY 426 Geophysics
GLY 420Principles of Geochemistry3
GLY 421Igneous& Metamorphic Petrology4
or GLY 423 Sedimentary Petrology
GLY 455Hydrogeology3
GLY 455LHydrogeology Laboratory1
GLY 457Engineering Geology4
GLY 491 Bison image Capstone Experience2-4
or GLY 492 Bison image Capstone Experience
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image Principles of Chem Lab I2
GLY Elective4
GLY Elective4
GLY Elective3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT)5
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective1

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.
  • MTH 229 Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT) 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 (GLY 492 Capstone Experience).

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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
MTH 229 Bison image Calculus/Analytic Geom I (CT) 5
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
GLY 201 Bison image The Earth Through Time 3
GLY 211L Bison image Earth Through Time Lab 1
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
CMM 103 Bison image  Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 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
GLY 212 Cap graduation image Geologic Field Methods 3
GLY 325 Cap graduation image Stratigraphy & Sediment 4
CT Designated Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GLY 313 Cap graduation image Structural Geology 4
GLY Elective 4
Fossil Fuels (recommended)  
Writing Intensive 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Third Year
First Semester
GLY 314 Cap graduation image Mineralogy 4
Core II Social Science 3
Writing Intensive 3
GLY Elective 3-4
Tectonics
or Principles Geomorphology
 
 Credit Hours13-14
Second Semester
GLY 418
Invertebrate Paleontology
or Geophysics
3-4
GLY 421
Igneous& Metamorphic Petrology
or Sedimentary Petrology
4
GLY Elective 4
Environmental Geology (recommended)  
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Year
First Semester
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
GLY 491 Bison image Capstone Experience 2-4
GLY 320L Geology Lab Techniques 2
GLY 457 Engineering Geology 4
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15-17
Second Semester
GLY 455 Hydrogeology 3
GLY 455L Hydrogeology Laboratory 1
GLY 420 Principles of Geochemistry 3
Core II Humanities 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours120-124