College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Geology, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
GLG101 Physical Geology 3 GLG101 Notes
Description: Fundamental physical aspects of the earth's crust; rocks and minerals, structures, landforms and their origin. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: GLG 103
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: GLG 101/103 is recommended.
GLG103 Physical Geology Lab 1 GLG103 Notes
Description: 3 hrs. lab plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: GLG 101 or GLG 101H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: GLG 101/103 is recommended.
-Option B-
GLG100 Introductory Geology 3
Description: Fundamental physical and historical concepts in geology, including dynamics of the earth. You may take either GLG 100 and 100L or GLG 101 and 103 or GLG 110 and 110L or GLG 112 and 112L for credit. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: GLG 100L
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "B" or better
GLG100L Introductory Geology Lab 1
Description: Must be taken concurrently with GLG 100. 2 hrs. lab plus field trips. You may take either GLG 100 and 100L or GLG 101 and 103 for credit. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: GLG 100
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "B" or better
-Option C-
GLG112 Geologic Disasters 3
Description: Geologic processes and hazards affecting humans. Topics include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, floods, subsidence, meteorite impacts, and climate changes. You may take either GLG 100 and GLG100L or GLG 101 and 103 or GLG 110 and 110L or GLG 112 and 112L for credit. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: GLG 112L
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "B" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
GLG112L Geologic Disasters Lab 1
Description: Must be taken concurrently with GLG 112. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: GLG 112 or GLG 112H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Grade Required: Grade of "B" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. CHM151 General Chemistry I 4
Description: Fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for preprofessional, science, and engineering majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHM 100 plus intermediate algebra; recommended: CHM 151L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
4. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT125 Precalculus Mathematics 4 MAT125 Notes
Description: Concept of function; graphs; absolute value, linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, systems of equations, analytic geometry. Please note that if you have credit in the previous courses MAT 112, MAT 120 or MAT 135, you may not receive credit for MAT 125. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 110 with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: * If you are not prepared to take MAT 136 in term 2, MAT 125 will take the place of the general elective in term 1.
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 4
5. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG102 Historical Geology 3
Description: Chronological sequence of events in the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: GLG 104
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. GLG104 Historical Geology Lab 1
Description: Must be taken concurrently with GLG 102. 3 hrs. lab plus field trips. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (GLG 101 and GLG 103) or GLG 110 or GLG 112
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
Description: Continuation of CHM 151. Recommended: CHM 152L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. CHM152L General Chemistry II Lab 1
Description: Lab introduction to analytical chemistry, thermochemistry, pH and buffers, chemical kinetics, and spectrophotometry. 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151L and (CHM 130 or CHM 151) and Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHM 152
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. MAT136 Calculus I 4
Description: Calculus of one variable; basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 125 or MAT 125H with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 65+; MATHC 65+; PLACE 70+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
6. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG240 Intro Field Mthds & Rprt Wrtg 3
Description: Introduces geological field methods; emphasis on sedimentary and volcanic rocks, faults, and folds through lectures, labs, and field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (GLG 100 or GLG 110 or GLG 112 with grade of B or better) or GLG 101 or 101H
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHY111 General Physics I 4
Description: First course in the two-semester, algebra-based, introductory physics sequence. Classical mechanics, heat, and sound. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT 125 or MAT 125H or higher
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
-Option B-
PHY161 University Physics I 4
Description: First course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Classical mechanics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 or MAT 136H or higher with a grade of C or better
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MAT137 Calculus II 4
Description: Concepts, techniques, and applications of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials, infinite series. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 136 or MAT 136H with a grade of C or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PHY112 General Physics II 4
Description: Second course in the two-semester, algebra-based, introductory physics sequence. Electricity, magnetism, and optics. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: PHY 111
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
PHY262 University Physics II 3
Description: Second course in the three-semester, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. Electricity, magnetism, and thermodynamics. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (PHY 161 or PHY 171) and Pre- or Corequisite: MAT 137 or higher
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG225 Paleontology 4
Description: Principles and methods of invertebrate paleontology including classification, morphology, evolution, and distribution in time and space of fossil organisms. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab, plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 100 or GLG 101 or 101H or GLG 110 or GLG 112 or BIO 100
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. GLG309 Mineralogy: Intro Earth Matls 4
Description: Overview of the origin, occurrence, and chemical and physical properties of common rock-forming minerals; mineral determination using hand specimen, microscopic, and other analytical methods. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 101 or (GLG 100 or 110 or 112 w/ B or better) and GLG 103 or (GLG 100L or 110L or 112L w/ B or better) and CHM 151 and 151L and (MAT 125 or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+)) & CUM GPA 2.5 or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 4 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete one course from GLG 360, GLG 430 or GLG 451 (4 units)
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG315 Petrology 4
Description: Origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks; analysis in hand specimen and thin section. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab, plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 309 with grade of C or better
2. GLG324 Sedimentology And Stratigraphy 4
Description: Macroscopic study of sediments and sedimentary rocks, including origin, facies analysis, and basic stratigraphic principles and practices. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab, plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 240 and GLG 309
3. GLG350W Geologic Communicatn & Topics 3
Description: Scientific writing, critical reading, and effective oral communication centered around a topic of broad interest in earth science. Emphasizes conveying scientific data proficiently in writing and orally, with effective visuals. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Prerequisites: ENG 105, admission to the geology program, and completion of 17 hours of geology coursework, or instructor's consent.
Prerequisite: GLG 309 and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 4

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG435 Structural Geology 4
Description: Principles of deformation of solids; recognition, interpretation, and representation of geologic structures. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab, plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 240 and GLG 309 and (PHY 111 or PHY 161)
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. GLG470 Physics And Chemistry Of Earth 3
Description: Global synthesis of the physics and chemistry of Earth in the context of modern principles and methods. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: Admission to Eng-Geology (BS) or Envn-Geology (BS) or Gen-Geology (BS) or Geochm-Geology (BS) or Geophysics-Geology (BS) or Hydrogeology- Geology (BS) or Paleontology-Geology (BS) or Geology-GeoInfoSys (BS) and Senior Status or higher
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete one course selected with your advisors approval from GLG 107, 430, 451, and any 500-level GLG course; or MAT 238; STA 270 (3 units)
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
Submit graduation application this term.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. GLG440C Adv Geologic Field Methods 6
Description: Gathering and interpreting geologic data in the field in complex sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and in surficial deposits. Explores relationship between bedrock structure and hydrogeology. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: GLG 315, 324, 350W and 435
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
2. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3 GECOURSE Notes
Notes: General electives are needed to reach the 120 units total. You may need more or less than 3 units depending on previously taken courses.

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 137 (4)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CHM 151 (4), CHM 151L (1), CHM 152 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) PHY 111 (4), PHY 161 (4)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A minimum of 120 units are required for this degree.
Recitations are available and strongly encouraged for CHM 151, CHM 152, PHY 111, PHY 112, PHY 161, & PHY 262; however they are not required.

* If you are not prepared to take MAT 136 in term 2, MAT 125 will take the place of the general elective in term 1.

** Major electives include 7 units from the following:

  • One course selected from GLG 360, GLG 430 or GLG 451 (4 units).
  • One course selected with your advisor¿s approval from GLG 107, 430, 451, and any 500-level GLG course; or MAT 238; STA 270 (3 units).
GLG 441 & GLG 490 are recommended courses.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Geology Department
Building 12, Room 100
Phone: 928-523-4561
http://www.cefns.nau.edu/Academic/Geology/

Debbie Wildermuth
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Building 21, Room 132
Phone: 928-523-3842
EMAIL: cefnsacademic@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.