Geology Requirements

Geology Major Requirements

All geology majors are required to take a minimum of 17* courses, including specific geology courses as well as math and science cognates (non-geology courses that support the geology major). However, you can tailor your major to reflect your specific interests.

Core Curriculum

Every major 
takes the following eight courses in Geology:

  • GEOL 107 Physical Geology or GEOL 109 The Global Environment (4 credit LAB courses)
  • GEOL 208 Historical Geology (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 306 Mineralogy (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 309 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 311 Field Geology or a department-approved off-campus field course (4 or more credits)
  • GEOL 408 Structural Geology (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 489 Pre-thesis Research (1 credit seminar course)
  • GEOL 490 Senior Project (4 credits of mentored research)

In addition, each student must choose one of the following three program tracks, depending on their interest areas and future plans:

Track I Geology

  • GEOL 307 Petrology (4 credit LAB course in GEOL)
  • GEOL 416 Geochemistry (3 credit course in GEOL) & 416L (2 credit lab course)
  • One elective in Geology (3 or 4 credit course)
  • CHEM 107 and 108 General Chemistry or CHEM 109 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • PHYS 141 and 142 Principles of Physics I, II or PHYS 201 and 202 General Physics I, II
  • MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus and MATH 223 Multi Variable Calculus

Track II Environmental Geology

  • GEOL 305 Hydrogeology (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 416 Geochemistry (3 credit course) & 416L (2 credit LAB course)
  • One elective in Geology (3 or 4 credit course)
  • CHEM 107 and 108 General Chemistry or CHEM 109 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • PHYS 141 and 142 Principles of Physics I, II or PHYS 201 and 202 General Physics I, II
  • MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus and MATH 233 Multiple Variable Calculus

Track III Geological Education +

  • GEOL 110 Environmental Geology, or INTR 150 Introduction to Environmental Science, or BIOL 101 Biology in Practice: Conservation Biology
  • GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 credit LAB course)
  • GEOL 307 Petrology (4 credit LAB course)
  • PHYS 163 Astronomy
  • CHEM 107 and 108 General Chemistry or CHEM 109 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • PHYS 141 Principles of Physics I or PHYS 201 General Physics I
  • MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus
  • One field practicum in student teaching (EDUC)

* Course load is reduced by one if 109 Accelerated General Chemistry is taken instead of General Chemistry 107, 108. Geological Education Track students must take the 15 courses listed, plus those courses required to complete the Education program.

+ The student must also complete the Education program to the satisfaction of the Education Department.

Grades for all courses required for the major (including those from other departments) are used to calculate the grade point average in the major (major GPA). The major GPA is used to determine those considered for Departmental Distinction. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in the major in order to graduate.


Geology Minor Requirements

The Geology Minor requires a minimum of seven courses, distributed as follows:

Five courses in Geology, at least three at 200 level or above

Plus one of the following:

  • CHEM 107 & 108 or 109 with accompanying LAB) OR
  • PHYS 140 & 141, or PHYS 201 & 202 (LAB) OR
  • BIOL 101 Biology in Practice: Conservation Biology (LAB)
  • One course in mathematics or computer science, such as MATH 108 Statistics, MATH 120 Pre-Calculus, MATH 121 Single Variable Calculus, or CISC 120 Introduction to Programming

Popular Major-Minor and Double Major Combinations

Students interested in a broad spectrum of environmental sciences commonly combine the Geology major (Environmental Geology Track) with the Environmental Science and Policy Minor, which allows them to take a variety of environmentally themed science and non-science courses while still maintaining the scientific rigor of the geology major. Others that wish more in-depth environmental science training choose to double major in Geology and either Environmental Chemistry or Biology. Still others may select the Geology minor to combine with a Biology or a Environmental Chemistry major. Some choose an Independent Studies Program (ISP) to create their own Environmental Sciences major.


Three-Year Degree Option

For students majoring in Geology, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.

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