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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Geology


Requirements for a Major in Geology


Completion of a B.S. in geology requires the following:

1. General Education Requirements


As identified in the General Academic Regulations section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

2. Geology Core Courses


Requires 46 to 47 semester hours of geology courses with a minimum overall GPA of C (2.0):

Core geology courses (33 semester hours):

Students must complete one of the following options that includes a summer field camp in geology (taught by another college or university) that is approved as GEO 493. Credits: 3 to 6

3. Emphases


Requires 13 to 14 semester hours from either the geology B.S. or the geology B.S. environmental emphasis. 

Geology B.S.

Geology B.S. Environmental Emphasis

​Choose one from:

4. Required Cognate Science Courses


Requires 31 to 33 semester hours of cognate science courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and/or geographic information systems as follows. 

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Geology


First Year


Winter Semester Credits: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester Credits: 14-16


Winter Semester Credits: 13-17


Geology BS Option


Third Year


Fall Semester Credits: 15


Winter Semester Credits: 14


Summer Field Course Credits: 3-6


Fourth Year


Fall Semester Credits: 13


Winter Semester Credits: 13


Geology BS - Environmental Emphasis Option


Third Year


Fall Semester Credits: 16


Winter Semester Credits: 14-16


Summer Field Course Credits: 3-6


Fourth Year


Fall Semester Credits: 12-15


Winter Semester Credits: 13


Geology Program Description


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