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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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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 Courses

37-42 semester hours of geology courses with a minimum overall GPA of C (2.0):

An approved summer field camp in geology (taught by another college or university) Credits: 5-8

GEO electives - Two courses at the 300 or 400-level (geology Issues courses cannot count toward the geology major) Credits: 6-8

3. B.S. Degree Cognate Courses

11 semester credit hours of general education B.S. degree cognate courses with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

4. Cognate Science Courses

32-35 semester hours of cognate science courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, statistics, and computer science as outlined as follows:

a. Two Chemistry Courses:

b. Two Physics Courses:

(one of the following pairs)



c. A Basic Mathematics Course:

d. Two Additional Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science Courses:

(one of the following pairs)




Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Geology

First Year

Fall Semester Credits: 15

Winter Semester Credits: 15

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits: 17

Winter Semester Credits: 16

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits: 16

Winter Semester Credits: 12

Summer Field Course Credits: 5-8

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits: 10-12

Winter Semester Credits: 16

Geology Program Description

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