Eight-Semester Plan for B.S. Geology, Solid Earth Concentration

Major Program Guide For: B.S. in Geology
Solid Earth Concentration

Suggested Course Sequence

  • Total for Degree: 128 Credit Hours
  • All scheduling should be done in a consultation with a Geology advisor.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution.
Freshman Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
First Year Seminar 190   3 CMHC 201 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
P3   History 3 ENGL 102 Composition II 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3 GEOL 155 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 150 Methods in Geology 4 MATH 145 Trigonometry 3
HEAL/HSCC 123/101 Health and Wellness/Nutrition, Fitness, Wellness 3        
ENGL 102 Note: ENGL 101 and 102 must be taken and passed in sequence. 
MATH 145 PREQ: 130 or consent of the director of mathematics placement.
Sophomore Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
P1   Social Sciences 3 CHEM 200+ Elective   4
P4   Humanities 3 P1   Social Sciences 3
CHEM 140 Advanced General Chemistry 4 General Elective     3
GEOL 305 Soils and Hydrology 4 GEOL 250 Introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals 3
MATH 146 Precalculus 4 MATH 153/170 Calculus I/Applied Statistics 4/3

CHEM 140 PREQ: High school chemistry.
GEOL 305 PREQ: Permission of instructor.
GEOL 250 PREQ: 140 or 150 and CHEM 132 or 140.
MATH 153 PREQ: 146, or consent of the director of mathematics placement.

Upper Level Perspective (ULP): An approved Upper Level Liberal Studies Perspectives course is required in one of the Liberal Studies Perspectives categories.
Junior Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
GEOL, MATH, or Science 200+ Elective 3-4 GEOL, MATH, or Science 200+ Elective 3-4
P5   Fine & Performing Arts 3 P6   World Culture Credits 3
GEOL 350 Minerology II 2 GEOL 371 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 355 Petrology 3 PHYS 130/230 Introductory Physics I/General Physics I 4
GEOL 356 Advanced Petrology 2        

GEOL 355 PREQ: 250.
GEOL 405 PREQ: GEOL/GEOG 305 or GEOL/GEOG 302 or permission of instructor.
GEOL 371 PREQ: 250 and two 100 level geology courses. Field trips.
GEOL 356 COREQ: GEOL 355.
PHYS 130 COREQ: PHYS 130 lecture and PHYS 130 lab.
PHYS 230 PREQ: MATH 152 or MATH 153. COREQ: PHYS 230 lecture and PHYS 230 lab.

Upper Level Perspective (ULP): An approved Upper Level Liberal Studies Perspectives course is required in one of the Liberal Studies Perspectives categories.
Senior Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
GEOL Capstone     3-4 GEOL, MATH, or Science 200+ Elective 9-12
P1-P6   Jr-Sr Perspective 3 General Elective     6
General Elective     3        
GEOL 422 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 4        
PHYS 230/231 General Physics I/General Physics II 4/3-4        
GEOL 422 PREQ: 140 or 150 and 155.
PHYS 131 PREQ: PHYS 130. COREQ: PHYS 131 lecture and PHYS 131 lab. 
PHYS 231 PREQ: PHYS 230.
  • Total for Degree: 128 Credit Hours
  • All scheduling should be done in a consultation with a Geology advisor.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution.

 

 

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