Baylor University
Department of Geology
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B.S. Degree in Geology



Courses in geology leading to a bachelor of science degree provide opportunities for research and specialization (including surface and subsurface) in:

• Structural geology, structural petrology, and tectonics

• Sedmentology, sedimentary petrology, environmental geochemistry, and diagenesis

• Invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, and modern carbonate environments

• Petroleum geology and stratigraphy

• Igneous petrology and volcanology

• Hydrogeology and hydrology

• Geophysics

• Geomorphology, urban geology, GIS, environmental geology, and wetlands

• Geoarchaeology.

Geology students planning to specialize in paleontology should elect courses in biology; those planning to specialize in minerology and/or petrology should take more chemistry.

Requirements for a Major in Geology

Forty-five semester hours including the following:

• One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1408 (Majors are encouraged to take 1405.)

• GEO 1406, 3319, 3342, 3427, 3430, 3435, 3445, 3643, and 43C0 (senior thesis) or 43C1 (senior colloquium).

• Six semester hours of "3000" "4000" level Geology electives.
Note: GEO 3325, 4313, 4314, and 4487 will not apply toward the major.

• A grade of "C" or better in geology courses used for the major.

• All senior-level candidates must complete the Geology exit exam.


Required courses in other fields:

• BIO 1306-1106 or BIO 1305-1105 or an upper-level biology course.

• CHE 1301, 1101, 1302, 1102

• MTH 1321 and 1322.

• PHY 1408 and 1409; or 1420 and 1430.

• Geology majors are urged to substitute ENG 3300 for ENG 1304.

Requirements for a Minor in Geology

Eighteen semester hours including the following:

• GEO 1406.

• One course from GEO 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1408.

• At least two courses from GEO 3319, 3427, 3430, 3435, 3445, 4341.

• One course from GEO 3341, 3342, 3344, 3643.