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Lake Superior State University

Geology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Geology examines the dynamic Earth and its physical, chemical and biologic history. It involves the study of changes that are taking and have taken place and the forces that cause these changes. For example, geologists interpret the movements of the continents over geologic time and the formation of mountains, volcanoes and other features of the Earth’s surface. Geologists attempt to understand our physical environment from which we derive most of the natural resources essential to civilization. They investigate the processes that led to the formation of mineral deposits, and oil, gas and coal. They also study environmental change throughout the history of the Earth and how those changes and the development of life are related. Geologists attempt to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides, and they are very active in modeling groundwater flow to develop water reserves for municipalities and to protect groundwater from contamination. Geologists study the natural world and apply their knowledge to achieve harmony between the human race and its environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:


Knowledge & Professional Skills
: The Geology graduate will demonstrate 1. theoretical and practical knowledge of geologic principles; 2. Teamwork, 3. Professional behavior, 4. communication skills

Readiness for Graduate Study and/or Employment: The Geology graduate will demonstrate readiness graduate school or for geoscience employment such as: an environmental geologist, public sector geoscientist, mud logger, geophysicist, mine geologist, exploration geologist, science technician, etc.

Scholarship: The university supports scholarship where undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in geoscience research, often publishable, working with faculty mentors.

Technical Skills: The Geology graduate will solve geologic problems by demonstrating competence conducting field and laboratory studies; 2. creating and interpreting geoscience maps and cross sections, 3. analyzing geologic data sets and software and/or technology.

 

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Geology

Geology Course Requirements (51 credits)

Support Courses (27-28 credits)

  • NRES199 Freshman Seminar 1
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I* 4
  • or
  • PHYS231 Applied Physics Engineer/Scientist I 4
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
    or
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II* 4
    or
  • PHYS232 Applied Physics Engineer/Scientist II 4
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS/GPS 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra* 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences* 4
    or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
    or
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
    or
  • BIOL280 Biostatistics 3

*Students with adequate preparation in mathematics or are considering graduate school are advised to take MATH151 and MATH152 and PHYS231 and PHYS232 and CHEM115 and CHEM116.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


Bachelor of Science Geology, Environmental Geology Concentration

Geology Course Requirements (42 credits)

Support Courses (42 credits)

  • NRES199 Freshman Seminar 1
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I* 4
    or
  • PHYS231 Applied Physics Engineer/Scientist I 4
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS/GPS 3
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law 3
  • EVRN341 Fate & Transport Environment 4
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NRES230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra* 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences* 4
    or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
    or
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
    or
  • BIOL280 Biostatistics 3

Distributed Electives (16 credits minimum)

*Students with adequate preparation in mathematics and/or interested in graduate school are advised to take MATH151 and MATH152 and PHYS231 and PHYS232.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Geology, Water and Climate Concentration

Geology Course Requirements (39 credits)

Support Courses (38-39 credits)

  • NRES199 Freshman Seminar 1
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I* 4
  • or
  • PHYS231 Applied Physics Engineer/Scientist I 4
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
    or
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II* 4
    or
  • PHYS232 Applied Physics Engineer/Scientist II 4
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS/GPS 3
  • EVRN389 Environmental Research Methods 3
  • GEOG108 Meteorology & Climatology 4
  • NSCI116 Introduction to Oceanography 4
  • NRES286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra* 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences* 4
    or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
    or
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
    or
  • BIOL280 Biostatistics 3

Distributed Electives (10 credits minimum)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


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