Geology (GEOL)

GEOLOGY (GEOL)

Geology is the study of the Earth. This includes the study of rocks and minerals, topography, the tectonics of the Earth (earthquakes, volcanism, and mountain building), the physical history of the Earth, and the history of life on the Earth. In studying the Earth, the Geology student is closely involved with the related sciences of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The interrelationship between Earth processes and humanity is stressed in many Geology classes. Western State Colorado University is a particularly wonderful place to study Geology because of the natural setting that enables field studies to be utilized in all Geology classes.

The Geology Major successfully prepares students for entry-level positions in the petroleum and mineral industries, in environmental science, or in various government agencies. Students are also well prepared to enter graduate programs in Geology. The program meets or exceeds American Geological Institute standards.

 

FACULTY

Professors Robert P. Fillmore, David W. Marchetti, and Allen L. Stork;

Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Petrie;

Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology and Assistant Professor Brad Burton; Lecturer Holly Brunkal.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

The Geology program provides a Comprehensive Major with an area of emphasis selected according to the interests and career goals

of the student. These emphases are: geology, geoarchaeology, petroleum geology, and secondary licensure in earth-space science. The program requirements for the various emphases range from 60 to 69 credits.

The Secondary Licensure in Earth-Space Science Emphasis qualifies students for the State of Colorado License in Science Education. Other Geology emphases may also be used for secondary licensure but may require additional classes.

 

Geology Major: Comprehensive Program

GEOLOGY EMPHASIS

The Standard Geology Emphasis requires a minimum of 66 credits:

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 302  Geoscience Writing

2 cr

GEOL 305  Mineralogy (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 310  Stratigraphy/Sedimentation (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 311  Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 320  Geomorphology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 345  Structural Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 450  Field Geology

4 cr

GEOL 495  Geology Seminar (must be repeated for 2 credits)

2 cr

One of the following:

 

GEOL 411  Research in Volcanology and Petrology (with laboratory)

3 cr

GEOL 420  Research in Geomorphology (with laboratory)

3 cr

GEOL 465  Research in Basin Analysis (with laboratory)

3 cr

Required supporting courses:

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

One of the following:

 

CS 190   Computer Science I

3 cr

GEOG 340  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3 cr

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III

4 cr

Either both:

 

PHYS 170  Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 171  Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

or both:

 

PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

 

GEOARCHAEOLOGY EMPHASIS

The Geoarchaeology Emphasis requires a minimum of 60 credits:

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 302  Geoscience Writing

2 cr

GEOL 310  Stratigraphy/Sedimentation (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 320  Geomorphology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 345  Structural Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 450  Field Geology

4 cr

One of the following:

 

GEOL 420  Research in Geomorphology (with laboratory)

3 cr

GEOL 465  Research in Basin Analysis (with laboratory)

3 cr

Required supporting courses:

ANTH 107  Introduction to General Anthropology

3 cr

ANTH 218  Physical Anthropology (with laboratory) 

4 cr

ANTH 219  Archaeology (with laboratory)

4 cr

ANTH 230  Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOG 340  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ANTH 322  Analysis of Material Culture (with laboratory)

4 cr

ANTH 333  Archaeology of Colorado

3 cr

ANTH 469  Archaeology Field School

4 cr

Either:

 

CHEM 101  Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

3 cr

or both of the following:

 

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

One of the following:

 

MATH 113  Statistical Thinking

3 cr

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

 

PETROLEUM GEOLOGY EMPHASIS

A minimum of 69 credits is required:

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 302  Geoscience Writing

2 cr

GEOL 305  Mineralogy (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 310  Stratigraphy/Sedimentation (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 311  Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 343  Exploration Geophysics (with laboratory)

3 cr

GEOL 345  Structural Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 346  Subsurface Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 450  Field Geology

4 cr

GEOL 455  Petroleum Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 456  Petroleum Geology of Unconventional Resources (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 465  Research in Basin Analysis (with laboratory)

3 cr

Required supporting courses:

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

Either Both:

 

PHYS 170  Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 171  Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

Or both:

 

PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

 

 

 

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE IN EARTH-SPACE SCIENCE EMPHASIS

Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible. The Secondary Licensure in Earth-Space Science Emphasis requires a minimum of 68 credits, and the requirements of the Secondary Licensure Program (see description under Education).

Geology requirements:

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 302  Geoscience Writing

2 cr

GEOL 305  Mineralogy (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 310  Stratigraphy/Sedimentation (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 320  Geomorphology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 345  Structural Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

GEOL 450  Field Geology

4 cr

GEOL 495  Geology Seminar

1 cr

Required supporting courses:

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 151  Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 301  General Ecology

3 cr

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

PHYS 110  Introductory Astronomy

3 cr

PHYS 120  Meteorology

3 cr

Either both:

 

PHYS 170  Principles of Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 171  Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

Or both:

 

PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

One of the following:

 

MATH 141  Precalculus

4 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

 

Geology Minor

A minimum of 18 credits including:

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 201  Historical Geology (with laboratory)

4 cr

Ten credits from the following

 

GEOL 220  Field Geology of Western North America

1 cr

Or Geology courses numbered 300 or above

 

 

Capstone Course Requirement: One of the following: GEOL 411 Research in Volcanology and Petrology, GEOL 420 Research in Geomorphology, or GEOL 465 Research in Basin Analysis; EDUC 409 Secondary Student Teaching (Secondary Licensure in Earth-Space Science Emphasis).