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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Geological Sciences Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA3321

College of Arts and Sciences
Geological Sciences Department
Clippinger Laboratories 316
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1101
Fax: 740.593.0486

Gregory Springer, Chair, contact person
Gregory Nadon, Undergraduate Coordinator, contact person

Program Overview

Requirements for the B.A. degree are designed for students interested in applying a general understanding of the geological sciences to such fields as education, library science, technical writing or other areas where a general knowledge of earth sciences is desired.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A degree in geological sciences prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities. Upon graduation, students can pursue positions with employers in the petroleum industry, state and national government agencies, research laboratories, state highway departments, mining companies, civil engineering firms, surveying companies, consulting firms, museums, public and private K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, etc.

The core of knowledge in the B.A. program can serve as a springboard to more advanced work in geological sciences. B.A. graduates electing to conduct graduate studies in geological sciences will need to make up deficiencies in geology and other sciences to bring their background up to the level of a B.S. degree.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Geological Sciences (B.A.) Major Requirements

The major requirement for the (B.A.) degree in in Geological Sciences requires 36 hours.

Introductory Geology Course

Complete one of the following options:

Option 1:

Complete the following course:

Option 2:

Complete the following course, plus an additional course as a prerequisite.

Option 3:

Complete the following course:

Geological Sciences Core Courses

Complete the following core courses:

Plus one of the following courses:

Geological Sciences Elective

Complete a minimum of 26 hours of GEOL elective coursework at the 3000-4000 level (excluding GEOL 3120 and GEOL 3150):

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Plus two of the following requirements for a total of 8 hours:

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