College of Arts and Sciences
The Department of Geosciences offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Geology. The B.S. provides rigorous general background in the field of geology and allied disciplines. The degree is designed for students who wish to prepare for graduate school or employment as a professional geologist in the private sector, government sector, or environmental science and other related fields.This degree offers a more extensive requirement in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics compared with the B.A. and is designed to optimize student opportunities.The B.A. provides a general background in the field of geology and requires a diversified liberal arts education in place of some of the allied disciplines.It is an appropriate choice for those who wish to teach earth sciences at the secondary school level and those who wish to gain a general knowledge of the geosciences and their relationship to the other sciences. The department offers the learning experience through the traditional lecture series, laboratories, seminars, independent study in the field, laboratory and library, and through field trips to local sites and to geologically intriguing areas of North America. Each course for majors contains a field trip, and the department conducts one trip of two weeks duration after the spring semester.