College of Natural and Health Sciences
Contact: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D., Department Chair
Location: Ross Hall 3235
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credits
The science of geology explores the physical makeup of the earth, the processes that shape it and the history of its development. This program provides a broad background in geology and emphasizes the study of geology in the field and in the laboratory.
Graduates of the geology program will be prepared for entry-level positions as geologists in the petroleum mining, and environmental industries, in local, state and federal governmental agencies and in a variety of engineering and geological consulting firms. The program also provides the background necessary for admission to graduate programs in geology and related fields.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- The course of study for this major, including both required and elective courses, must total at least 60 credits and must be developed in consultation with and be approved by the student's academic advisor.
- At least one half of the credits in AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses must be numbered 300 or above. No more than 8 credits of AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses numbered below 200 may be counted toward the major.
- Science and mathematics courses approved for the Liberal Arts Core that are taken as part of this major may also be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements.
- A 2.0 grade point average in the courses taken as part of this major is required for graduation. (Secondary Teaching Emphasis: a 2.5 GPA is required in all major courses.)
- In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 24 credits
LAC area 1b. Intermediate Composition
LAC area 2 — Mathematics
LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences
Remaining LAC — 22 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core”.
NOTE: Students need to select a course from Area 7 or 8 that also counts in Areas 3, 4, or 5.
2. Required Major — 64 credits
Take all of the following courses:
Choose 6 credits from the following:
ESCI 492 (1-15) and/or ESCI 494 (1-15) These could be transferred in from an advisor approved geology field camp or advisor approved internship.
3. University-Wide Credits — 10 credits
Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 10 credits.