University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology

Advising

Suggested Courses of Study for Geology Majors

What follows are several pathways through the geology major:

The pathway varies depending on when a student enters the program (fall or spring semester). When planning, visit Academic Advising, Planning Tools to see the projected three-year geology course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements and Suggested Pathways

Bear in mind the following requirements as you walk through the suggested pathways:

  • One introductory geology class (1, 5, 55)*, 62, 101, 110, and 260.
  • At least three credits of field experience are highly advisable (through field-based research project 197/198, or advanced field 201).
  • Three geology courses at the 100 level or above.
  • Senior Seminar (Geol 291 & 292) or minimum of one semester (3 credits) research (Geol 197, 198).
  • Three additional courses in Geology or approved science, mathematics, engineering, or statistics at the 100 level or above selected in consultation with Geology advisor.
  • Math 21, 22 OR 19, 20 AND 23.
  • Chem 31, 32 (or 35, 36).
  • Physics 51, 152 strongly recommended.
  • PLUS: College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements in race and ethnicity in America, non-European cultures, humanities, social sciences, literature, foreign language, fine arts. See the official UVM Catalogue for a list of courses which meet these categories.

*Geology 7 Earth Hazards will not count as an introductory course for the major or minor.

**More on the Geology 201 field requirement (.pdf).

Scenario 1 = student enters fall semester as first-year
Scenario 2 = student enters fall semester as second-year (sophomore year)
Scenario 3 = student enters spring semester as first-year
Scenario 4 = student enters spring semester as second-year (sophomore year)

These same options are presented for the B.S. degree (below).

Scenario 1. Introductory class taken in the fall semester as first-year student

First-year, fall semester

  • Introductory geology class (Geology 001 or 005 or 55)
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19 or 20 or 21 (depending on score on math placement exam plus high school record)
  • One or two general electives (humanities, literature, social sciences, foreign language)

First-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth Environments and Life Through Time
  • Chemistry 32
  • Math 20, 21
  • One or two general electives

Second-year, fall semester

  • Geology 101: Field Geology
  • Another geology class (ie., 135, 151) or related science (Plant Soil Science 161, Geography 184)
  • Math 22
  • A general elective

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • Another geology class (ie., 116, 131, 172) or related science
  • Two general electives

Third-year, fall semester

  • Geology classes, such as 230, 233, 234, 240
  • General electives
  • Statistics 141, (211 recommended)

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology classes (230, 240, 233, 234, 234, 255)
  • General electives

NOTE: The summer between junior and senior years is recommended for undergraduate research, geology field camp or field experience.

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 11/21
  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • Physics 12/22 recommended
  • General electives

back to top

Scenario 2. Introductory class taken in the fall semester as second-year (sophomore) student

Second-year, fall semester

  • Introductory geology class (1 or 55)
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19 or 20 or 21
  • One general elective

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth and Environments Through Time
  • Chemistry 32
  • Math 20 or 21
  • One general elective

Third-year, fall semester

  • Geol 101: Field Geology
  • At least one more geology elective (116, 131, 135, 151) or related course: for example, Plant Soil Science 161, Geography 184
  • Math 22
  • One general elective

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • At least one more geology elective or related course
  • General elective

Senior-year, fall semester

  • At least one geology elective, ie. 230, 233, 234, 131, 240, etc.
  • Undergraduate research experience or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • Physics 11/21
  • General electives

Senior-year, spring semester

  • At least one geology elective
  • Undergraduate research experience or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • Physics 12/22 recommended
  • General electives

back to top

Scenario 3. Introductory class taken in the spring semester, first-year

First-year, spring semester

  • Geology 001
  • General electives

Second-year, fall semester

  • Geology 101: Field Geology
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19 or 20 or 21 depending on math placement exam and high school experience
  • One elective

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth and Environments Through Time
  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • Chemistry 32
  • Math 20, 21 or 22

Third-year, fall semester

  • Complete math sequence
  • Geology classes, such as 131, 230, 240, 233, 234, 151
  • General electives
  • Statistics 141, 211 recommended

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology classes
  • General electives

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 11/21
  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 12/22 recommended
  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • General electives

back to top

Scenario 4. Introductory class taken in the spring semester, sophomore-year

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 001
  • General electives (depending on whether math and chemistry sequences are complete)

Third-year, fall semester

  • Geol 101: Field Geology
  • At least one more geology elective (116, 131, 151) or related course, ie. Plant Soil Science 161, Geography 184
  • Math and chem sequences, if not finished
  • One general elective

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth and Environments Through Time
  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • At least one more geology elective or related course
  • General elective

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • At least one geology elective, ie. 233, 234, 131, 240, etc.
  • Physics 11/21
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology electives
  • Physics 12/22 recommended
  • General electives

back to top

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements and Suggested Pathways

When planning, visit Academic Advising, Planning Tools to see the projected three-year geology course offerings. Bear in mind the following requirements as you walk through the suggested pathways:

  • One introductory geology class (1, 5, 55)*, 62, 101, 110 and 260.
  • At least three credits of field experience are required (through field-based research project 197/198, or advanced field 201).**
  • Three geology courses at the 100 level or above.
  • Minimum of one semester (Three credits) research.
  • Senior Seminar (Geol 291 & 292) recommended.
  • Two additional courses in Geology or approved science, mathematics, engineering, or statistics courses at the 100 level or above selected in consultation with Geology advisor.
  • Math 21, 22 or 19, 20 and 23.
  • Chemistry 31, 32 (or 35, 36).
  • Physics 51 and 152.
  • Statistics 141 or 211.
  • Total Hours: 35-38 Geology & 33-48 geo/math/ancillary

*Geol 7 Earth Hazards will not count as an introductory course for the major or minor.

** ** GEOL 201 Advanced Field Geology (3 credits)

The requirement for advanced field geology is designed to be part of a capstone experience for the B.S. degree. Its successful completion indicates that you have demonstrated that you possess the following skills:

Independence

  • An ability to design a geological project with minimal input
  • An ability to collect and interpret data with minimal input from the faculty

Evidence of problem-solving in the field

  • An ability to establish the geological context for data collected while in the field

Observational skills

  • An ability to make detailed multidimensional observations of geological phenomenon.
  • An ability to integrate these observations using a mix of spatial and temporal data from multiple locations
  • An ability to keep a field notebook that can be used by others

Duration of field work

The equivalent of 42-50 hours of working in the field are required for this course.  Please note that this does not include travel time to and from the field site nor the preparation of reports.

Outcomes

The following products must be turned in at the end of field work.

  • You must turn in a field map and/or a profile showing spatial relationships of data collected from each of your field stations
  • A field notebook containing your station locations, observations and measurements
  • A written report summarizing your findings

Note on field camps
If you choose to enroll in an off-campus field course you will need to demonstrate that the field camp’s curriculum fulfills the requirements listed above. See the Department Chair to be sure that this is the case.

PLUS: College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements: at least two courses from three different disciplines: humanities, social sciences, literature, fine arts and one course in non-European cultures and race and ethnicity in the U.S. See the official UVM Catalogue for a list of courses which meet these categories.

The following suggested pathways are presented for completion of the B.S. degree:
Scenario 1 = student enters fall semester as first-year
Scenario 2 = student enters fall semester as second-year (sophomore)
Scenario 3 = student enters spring semester as first-year student
Scenario 4 = student enters spring semester as second-year (sophomore)

Scenario 1. Introductory class taken in the fall semester as first-year student

First-year, fall semester

  • An introductory class (Geology 001 or 005 or 55)
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19 or 20 or 21 (depending on score on math placement exam plus high school record)
  • One or two general electives (humanities, literature, social sciences, foreign language)

First-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth Environments and Life Through Time
  • Chemistry 32
  • Math 20, 21
  • One or two general elective

Second-year, fall semester

  • Geology 101: Field Geology
  • Another geology class (ie. , 131, 135, 151) or related science (Plant Soil Science 161, Geography 184)
  • Math 22
  • A general elective

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • Another geology class (ie. 116, 131, 172) or related science
  • Two general electives

Third-year, fall semester

  • Geology classes such as 233, 234, 131, 153, 240
  • General electives
  • Statistics 141 or 211

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology classes
  • General electives

Field experience (Geology 201) is required for the B.S. and the summer between junior and senior years is a good time to fulfill this requirement, either in the form of field-based undergraduate research or geology field camp.

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 21/31
  • Undergraduate research or internship
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Undergraduate research or internship
  • Physics 22/42
  • General electives

back to top

Scenario 2. Introductory class taken in the fall semester as second-year (sophomore) student

If a student takes an introductory level class in their second (sophomore) year, the course sequence is the same as what is presented above in the B.A paths, however the number of 100 and 200 level geology courses must increase each semester.

back to top

Scenario 3. Introductory class taken in the spring semester, first-year

First-year, spring semester

  • Geology 001
  • General electives

Second-year, fall semester

  • Geology 101: Field Geology
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19, 20 or 21 depending on math placement exam and high school experience
  • One elective

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth and Environments Through Time
  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • Chem 32
  • Math 20, 21 or 22

Third-year, fall semester

  • Complete math sequence
  • Geology classes, such as 233, 234, 131, 151
  • General electives
  • Statistics 141 (or 211)

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology classes
  • General electives

Field experience (Geol 201) is required for the B.S. and the summer between junior and senior years is a good time to fulfill this requirement, either in the form of field-based undergraduate research or geology field camp.

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 21/31
  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Geology electives
  • Physics 22/42
  • Undergraduate research or internship (Geology 197/198)
  • General electives

back to top

Scenario 4. Introductory class taken in the spring semester as a second-year (sophomore) student

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology 001
  • General electives (depending on whether math and chemistry sequences are complete)

Third-year, fall semester

  • Geol 101: Field Geology
  • At least two more geology electives (116, 151, 172) or related course: for example, Plant Soil Science 161, Geography 184
  • Math and chemistry sequences, if not finished

Third-year, spring semester

  • Geology 62: Earth and Environments Through Time
  • Geology 110: Earth Materials
  • At least two more geology electives or related course
  • General elective

Field experience (Geol 201) is required for the B.S. and the summer between junior and senior years is a good time to fulfill this requirement, either in the form of field-based undergraduate research or geology field camp.

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • At least one geology elective, ie. 233, 234, 131, 240, etc.
  • Physics 11/21
  • General electives

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Geology 260: Structural Geology
  • Geology electives
  • Physics 12/22
  • General electives

back to top

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Geology Concentration Suggested Pathways

Scenario 1 = student declares environmental science major as a first-year student, fall semester
Scenario 2 = student declares environmental science major as a first-year student, spring semester
Scenario 3 = student declares environmental science major as a second-year (sophomore), fall semester
Scenario 4 = student declares environmental sciences major as a second-year (sophomore), spring semester

Scenario 1. Student declares environmental science major as a first-year student, fall semester

First-year, fall semester

  • Geology 55: Environmental Geology
  • Chemistry 31
  • Math 19 (or 20, depending on high school preparation)
  • Intro to Environmental Studies 1 (or in spring, Environmental Studies 2)

First-year, spring semester

  • Chemistry 32
  • Math 20 or 21
  • Environmental Studies 2 (if ENVS 1 not taken in fall)
  • Distribution requirements

Second-year, fall semester

  • Chemistry 42*, 141, or 143
  • Distribution requirements

Second-year, spring semester

  • Geology electives, chosen in consultation with your advisor
  • Distribution requirements

Third-year, fall semester

  • Technology course*
  • advanced geology classes (above 100 level) chosen in consultation with your advisor (you must have a total of at least three advanced classes: one with advanced lab if not taken above 100 level and one at the 200 level)
  • Distribution requirements

Third-year, spring semester

  • Technology course* if not taken in the fall
  • Advanced geology classes

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Research in geology or internship (one semester (three credits) of research is required)

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Research in geology or internship (the second semester of research or internship can count towards the “advanced classes” in geology)

* = Approved technology courses: note that all of these, with the exception of Stats 141, have prerequisites.

  • Statistics 141 or 211 Statistics
  • Chemistry 121: Quantitative Analysis
  • Chemistry 221: Instrumental Analysis
  • Biology 205: Advanced Genetics Lab
  • Biology 267: Molecular Endocrinology
  • Geology 255: Geohydrology
  • Civil Engineering 150: Environmental Engineering

back to top

Scenario 2. Student declares environmental science major as a first-year student, spring semester

First-year, spring semester

  • Environmental Studies 2
  • Math 20 or 21
  • Distribution requirements

Second-year, fall semester

  • Environmental Geology (Geology 55)
  • Math 21 if not yet completed
  • Distribution requirements
  • Chemistry 31

Second-year, spring semester

  • Chemistry 32
  • Technology course*
  • Advanced geology class (chosen in consultation with your advisor)

Third-year, fall semester

  • Chem 42*, 141, or 143
  • Technology course* (if not taken already)
  • Advanced geology class

Third-year, spring semester

  • Advanced geology classes

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Research in geology or internship (one semester (three credits) of research is required)

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Research in geology or internship (the second semester of research or internship can count towards the “advanced classes” in geology)

back to top

Scenario 3. Student declares environmental science major as a second-year (sophomore), fall semester

Second-year, fall semester

  • Math 19, 20 or 21, depending on high school preparation
  • Environmental Geology (Geology 55)
  • Chemistry 31
  • Environmental Studies 1

Second-year, spring semester

  • Chem 32
  • Complete math sequence
  • Distribution requirements

Third-year, fall semester

  • Chemistry 42*, 141, or 143
  • Advanced geology classes (chosen in consultation with your advisor)
  • Technology course*

Third-year, spring semester

  • Advanced geology classes
  • Technology course* (if not already taken)

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Research in geology or internship (one semester (three credits) of research is required)
  • Advanced geology class

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Research in geology or internship (the second semester of research or internship can count towards the “advanced classes” in geology)

back to top

Scenario 4. Student declares environmental sciences major as a second-year (sophomore), spring semester

Second-year, spring semester

  • Complete math sequence
  • Environmental Studies 2

Third-year, fall semester

  • Chemistry 31
  • Geology 55: Environmental Geology

Third-year, spring semester

  • Chemistry 32
  • Technology course*
  • Advanced geology class (chosen in consultation with your advisor)

Fourth-year, fall semester

  • Chemistry 42*, 141 or 143
  • Technology course* (if not already taken)
  • Advanced geology class

Fourth-year, spring semester

  • Advanced geology class
  • Research in geology or internship (one semester (three credits) of research is required)

* (chosen in consultation with your advisor from approved list)

back to top

Last modified October 29 2012 12:18 PM