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Geology

Dr. David Grandstaff, Chair

Dr. Dennis Terry, Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 221
215-204-8226
dennis.terry@temple.edu

The Department of Geology offers two different undergraduate programs, one leading to the B.S. in Geology and the other leading to the B.A. in Earth Science.

The B.S. program prepares students for immediate entry into a career in geology or for graduate studies. Career opportunities for geologists in industry and government include planning for the environment, evaluation of waste disposal sites, monitoring of groundwater, and exploration for natural resources. The B.S. program is excellent preparation for graduate study and ultimately for a career in research, teaching, industry, or government.

The B.A. program is not intended for prospective geologists. The B.A. program is suitable for pre-medicine or pre-law students or for students planning to teach earth science in secondary school.

A departmental field trip for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty will be conducted during the fall semester.

B.A. in Earth Science

First semester of introductory or general chemistry with lab, College Math or Calculus I, and the following Geology courses: 1001, 4197, and three geology electives from the following five:  Geology 2011, Geology 2021, Geology 2022, Geology 2061, Geology 3021.  Five additional science electives must be chosen, with no more than three from the same department:  Three courses must be numbered 2000 or above.  These electives must be taken from the list of science electives given below.

 

Year 1 - Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 1001

2001
Introductory Geology
     or
Physical Geology
4

4
SA
Mathematics 1011

1041

1941
College Mathematics
     or
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
3

4

4
QA

QB

QB
Subtotal     7-8  

Year 1 - Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    General Non-major Elective Credits    

 

Year 2 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry 1021/1023

1031/1033

1041/1043

1951/1953
Introduction to Chemistry I & Lab
    or
General Chemistry I & Lab
    or
General Chemical Science I & Lab
    or
Honors General Chemical Science I & Lab
4

4

4

4
SA

SA

SA

SA
Geology   Geology Elective* 4  
Science   Science Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     11-12  

 

Year 2 - Spring Semester

   
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology   Geology Elective* 4  
Science   Science Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     7-8  

 

Year 3 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology   Geology Elective* 4  
Science   Science Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     7-8  

 

Year 3 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 4197 or 4997 Environmental Seminar 3 WI
Science   Science Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     6-7  

 

S
Year 4 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Science   Science Elective^ 3-4  
Subtotal     3-4  

 

Year 4 - Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
    General Non-Major Elective Credits    

 

Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Earth Science 47-53
Core / Elective Credits 70-76
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123

 

*Geology Electives

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Choose three of the following five courses:    
Geology 2011 Mineralogy I 4  
Geology 2021 Facies Models 4  
Geology 2022 Paleontology & Stratigraphy 4  
Geology 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 4  
Geology 3021 Introduction to Hydrology 4  

^Science electives

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select five: No more than three from one department. Three courses must be numbered above 2000.  
Anthropology 2104 Fundamentals of Archaeology 3  
Anthropology 2705 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 4  
Anthropology 3748 Introduction to Primates 3  
Anthropology 3741 Evolutionary Biology 3  
Biology 1011 General Biology I 4 SA
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4 SB
Biology 1111

1911
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SA
Biology 2112

2912
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SB
Biology 3196 Experimental Marine Biology 4 WI
Biology 2241 Invertebrate Biology 4  
Chemistry 1022/1024

1032/1034

1042/1044

1952/1954
Introduction to Chemistry II & Lab
    or
General Chemistry II & Lab
    or
General Chemical Science II & Lab
    or
Honors General Chemical Science II & Lab
4

4

4

4
SA

SA

SA

SA
Chemistry 2201/2203 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4  
Chemistry 2202/2204 Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4  
GUS 3054 Energy, Resources, & Conservation 3  
GUS 3061 Fundamentals of Cartography 3  
GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
GUS 4051 Geography of Hazards 3  
Geology 3011 Use of Microcomputers in Geology 4  
Physics 1061

2021
Elementary Classical Physics I
     or
General Physics I
4

4
SA
Physics 1062

2022
Elementary Classical Physics II
     or
General Physics II
4

4
SB

 

B.S. in Geology

Calculus I, II; General Chemistry I, II w/ labs; Calculus-based Physics I, II; Geology 1001, Geology 2011, Geology 2021, Geology 2022, Geology 2061, Geology 3001, Geology 4096.  In addition, Field Geology (Geology 4589) taken in the summer; and three upper-level science or mathematics electives, at least one of which must be in a discipline other than geology.

Year 1 - Fall semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry 1031/1033

1041/1043

1951/1953
General Chemistry I & Lab
     or
General Chemical Science I & Lab
     or
Honors General Chemical Science I & Lab
4 SA

SA

SA
Mathematics 1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4 QB

QB
Geology 1001

2001
Introductory Geology
     or
Physical Geology
4 SA
Subtotal     12  

Year 1 - Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry 1032/1034

1042/1044

1952/1954
General Chemistry II & Lab
     or
General Chemical Science II & Lab
     or
Honors General Chemical Science II & Lab
4 SB

SB

SB
Mathematics 1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4  
Subtotal     8  

Year 2 - Fall Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 2011 Mineralogy I 4  
Physics 1061

2021
Elementary Classical Physics I
     or
General Physics I
4 SA
Subtotal     8  

Year 2 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 4  
Physics 1062

2022
Elementary Classical Physics II
     or
General Physics II
4 SB
Subtotal     8  

 

Year 3 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 2021 Facies Models 4  
Geology 3001 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology 4  
Subtotal     8  

 

Year 3 - Spring Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 2022 Paleontology & Stratigraphy 4  
Geology 4096 Structural Geology 4 WI
Subtotal     8  

 

Year 3 - Summer Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Geology 4589 Field Geology (see Advisor) 6  
Subtotal     6  
Note: Summer field camp is required of all B.S. geology majors and is usually taken in the summer of the junior or senior year. The geology undergraduate advisor must approve the choice of field camp.  

 

Year 4 - Fall Semester      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Required Elective Elective 2000+ Science or Math Elective* 3-4    
Subtotal     3-4  

 

Year 4 - Spring Semester    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Required Elective Elective 2000+ Science or Math Elective* 3-4    
Required Elective Elective 2000+ Science or Math Elective* 3-4    
Subtotal     6-8  

 

Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Geology 67-70
Core / Elective Credits 53-56
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123

*The three required electives must within science or math at the 2000 level or above.  Of the three upper-level Science/Math electives required, at least one must be in a discipline other than Geology. One may be from the graduate level with permission of the instructor.

Minor

Students interested in acquiring a basic knowledge of Geology but not wishing to major in Geology may pursue a minor in Geology by successfully completing the following courses:

  • Geology 1001 w/ lab or 2001 w/ lab
  • Chemistry 1021/1023 or Chemistry 1031/1033
  • Mathematics 1011 or Mathematics 1041
  • Geology electives numbered above 2001, with a total of 16 or more credits, chosen with the approval of the Undergraduate Geology Advisor.

Five-year Master's Program

Five-Year Combined B.A. or B.S. and Ed.M. Program

This is a combined program between the College of Science and Technology and the College of Education.  For more information, see the following website:

www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/schools_colleges/ed/intro/generalinfo/ed_generalinfo.shtm#teacher

Senior Research Project

Students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.25 at the end of the first semester of their junior year are eligible to undertake a senior research project. In the second semester of their junior year, students must select a faculty research advisor and, with the advisor, prepare a written research proposal. After the research advisor and the undergraduate geology advisor approve the proposal, the student may register for 3 hours of Geology 4082 (Individual Study Program), in the summer and each semester of the senior year (up to a total of 9 hours), to carry out the research project. Normally, the project will involve field or laboratory work in the summer between the junior and senior years and lead to presentation of the results at a departmental seminar at the end of the senior year.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.5 GPA for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in Geology or the B.A. in Earth Science.

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