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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Geological Sciences BA


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Did you fill your pockets with rocks as a kid? Do you love hiking and being outside? Do you care about climate change, protecting our natural resources and keeping people safe from natural disasters? If so, let’s talk about geological sciences, a degree that can take you from volcanoes in California to glaciers in Greenland … and far beyond. If this sounds interesting-and you like science and math-get ready to dig in.

Visit the Geological Sciences academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Geology department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria


Current UB students seeking admission to the Geological Sciences BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements


Two Geological Sciences Electives (6 credits)


  • At least six GLY credits at the 400 level. 
  • The following courses are not acceptable elective courses: GLY 407 GLY 493 GLY 497 GLY 499  & tutorial courses.

Total Credits Required for Major: 54


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120


Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements


Minimum GPA of 2.000 in all courses required for the major. A minimum grade of C in GLY 101  or GLY 102  .

Program Honors


Acceptance criteria for the Geology honors program include junior status, a minimum GPA of 3.250 in geology courses (including the chemistry, math and physics courses required for the major) and have completed at least three courses in geology.  Obtaining honors in geology requires a GPA of 3.250 or higher, research with a faculty member or graduate student during two consecutive semesters via independent study credits, and a capstone project that typically consists of a poster presentation at a conference on or off campus. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan


A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 15 or 16


First Year Spring


Total Credits: 16 or 17


Second Year Fall


Total Credits: 15


Second Year Spring


Total Credits: 16


Third Year Fall


Total Credits: 14


Third Year Spring


Total Credits: 14


Fourth Year Fall


Total Credits: 16


Fourth Year Spring


  • GLY 400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 4
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 13


Total Credits Required: 120


Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Understanding basic scientific principles and concepts, including the importance of geology in society, geologic time, and geologic history, as well as rudiments of mathematics, chemistry, physics and statistics with applications to geology.
  • Laboratory and field practice in identifying minerals, rocks, soils, structures, stratigraphy and fossils, and using best practices to design and implement tests using modern methods and techniques.
  • Developing approaches for collection and analysis of information.
  • Critical thinking, hypothesis formulation and testing; i.e., demonstrating use of the scientific method independently and collaboratively, with hypothesis formulation, testing, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of observations.
  • Demonstrating skill in scientific communication - oral, written and technological.
  • Graduates will have the depth of knowledge and skill to interpret and create geologic products.

 

(HEGIS: 19.14 GEOLOGY, CIP40.0601 Geology/Earth Science, General)

 

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