College of Arts and Sciences


Major in Geology - B.S.

Requirements Majors complete 38-42 credit hours in geology and 36 credit hours in the allied disciplines

1.  Any one of the following 100-level courses AND laboratory:

  • GEOL-G101 Introduction to Earth Science (3 cr.) AND GEOL-G102 Intro to Earth Science Lab (1 cr.)
  • GEOL-G110 How the Earth Works (3 cr.) AND GEOL-G120 Intro to Earth Sciences Lab (1 cr.)
  • GEOL-G185 Global Environmental Change (3 cr.) AND GEOL-G102 Intro to Earth Science Lab (1 cr.) 

2. All of the following:

GEOL-G209 History of the Earth (4 cr.)
GEOL-G221 Minerology(4 cr.)
GEOL-G222 Petrology (4 cr.)
GEOL-G317 Field and Laboratory Techniques (4 cr.)
GEOL-G323 Structural Geology (4 cr.)
GEOL-G334 Principles of Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (4 cr.)
GEOL-G429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains (6 cr.) OR other chairperson approved geology field camp (5-6 credits) (fulfills capstone requirement for B.S. in Geology)
GEOL-G490 Undergraduate Seminar (fulfills capstone requirement for B.S. in Geology)

2. Complete one of the following sequences:

Two 400-level lecture-based geology courses (6-8 credit hours)


One 400-level lecture-based geology course (3-4 credit hours) AND one semester of research or internship fulfilled by one of the following courses: 

  • GEOL-G407 Senior Science Project (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G408 Senior Science Project (3 cr.)
  • GEOL-G460 Internship in Geology (3 cr.)

NOTE:  Classes offered through IU Online must be approved by the IU Northwest Chair of Geosciences to count towards the geology major or minor. 

3. Allied Courses
Chemistry (10 credits) CHEM C105-CHEM C106, CHEM C125-CHEM C126
Physics (10 credits) PHYS P201, PHYS P202 OR PHYS P221, PHYS P222
Mathematics (10 credits) MATH M215, MATH M216
Geography GEOG-G338 (3 credits)
Biology (3 credits)

4. Students must also complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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