Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


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This degree attracts students who are curious about geologic hazards, the evolution of the Earth, and what lies beneath the landscape. The program incorporates field-work, laboratory experience, and specialized computer programs that help unveil the secrets of the Earth’s infrastructure.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Geology?

Do earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis intrigue you? Are you fascinated by volcanoes, canyons, and dinosaurs? Want a career that keeps you grounded while letting you travel through time? Then consider a B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University. Here, you can study nature most dramatic events and discover where precious resources like water, minerals, and fossil fuels are found, and why.

As you study, you can also learn more about careers in geoscience research, resource discovery and management, and education. You will experience an interdisciplinary approach to earth science, and will gain critical skills with field and analytical techniques. You'll find plenty of opportunities to work on faculty research projects and be encouraged to design your own studies, too.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Consulting firm
  • Engineering firm
  • Marketing and research firm
  • Mining company

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Geophysicist
  • Mining engineer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 137
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Optional
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Optional
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The Geology program in SESES develops an interdisciplinary base of knowledge that students use to understand the physical and biological history of the Earth and the evidence for that history. A distinguishing characteristic of geology is that it includes deep time in its understanding of terrestrial and solar system processes.

The Geology program is based on a strong foundation of physics, chemistry, and mathematics that provides an underpinning for the students as they move through the program and start to develop an appreciation for the complexities of interconnected Earth systems and their physical and chemical processes. Students work in field and lab environments, using the scientific method to develop an understanding of Earth materials and to synthesize information from diverse sources and methods to interpret the geological history of the Earth and the processes that occur on and below its surface. This includes the analysis of topographic maps 40 and remote sensing images using GIS tools to study the three-dimensional geometry of rock units, as well as geochemical and geophysical data obtained in the field and laboratory.

The three emphases within the program allow the students to develop a deeper understanding of specific fields within the subject and to prepare themselves for a range of professional opportunities. These enable them to explore the use of a range of geophysical and geochemical data and understand how to apply it to solve environmental and geotechnical problems. The program also provides experience in studying the interactions of humans with Earth systems using mathematical, physical, and chemical methods.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze interconnected Earth systems, with special emphasis on the physical and chemical processes that result from plate tectonics and its role in Earth history.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Earth materials, their physical properties and behavior as recorders of geological processes.
  3. Synthesize various types of field information such as, orientation of linear and planar features, stratigraphic principles, and spatial relationships of rock units to interpret the geological history of the Earth.
  4. Be able to read geologic literature and present geoscientific information clearly and concisely in written, graphical, visual, and oral forms.
  5. Analyze topographic maps and remote sensing images using GIS tools to identify three-dimensional geometry of rock units.
  6. Use an understanding of deep Earth structures and processes and their relationships to explain surface geologic hazards such as volcanism, earthquakes, and mass wasting.
  7. Use laboratory and field methods, analytical and computational techniques and software, and image data to interpret Earth’s materials, processes, and history.
  8. Show proficiency in quantitative problem solving in a geologic context using knowledge from mathematics and supporting sciences.
  9. Understand the broad physical and biological history of the Earth and the evidence for that history.
Paleontology Emphasis
  1. Explore core aspects of paleontology including phylogenetic analysis and the use of taphofacies, ichnofacies, and fossil assemblages to determine sedimentary depositional environments.
  2. Apply an understanding of the evolution of organisms through time to problems of dating geological sequences.
Applied Geology Emphasis
  1. Explore the use of geologic, geophysical, geochemical, and geomorphic data and apply it to develop solutions to environmental and geotechnical problems.
  2. Study the interactions of humans with Earth systems using mathematical, physical, and chemical methods.
Geophysics Emphasis
  1. Understand how mathematical and physical concepts and principles may be applied to solving problems of the solid Earth.
  2. Obtain and analyze geophysical data including seismology, gravity, magnetics, and resistivity to answer questions about the Earth’s subsurface and surface processes such as earthquakes

 

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College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


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College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Geology, Bachelor of Science


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