Jun 15, 2024  
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Geoscience (B.S.)

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(Bachelor of Science degree)

Geoscience is a broad, interdisciplinary field comprising geology as well as aspects of ocean science, atmospheric science, planetary science, and environmental science. Utica College offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees in Geoscience. The B.S. affords greater depth in geoscience and the other physical sciences and is designed to prepare students to work in applied earth and environmental science or pursue graduate studies in geoscience or related disciplines. Students interested in teaching should see also the Programs in Education.

Learning Objectives

BS Students will:

  • Be able to explain the fundamentals of the Theory of Plate Tectonics, including its causes and its effects, and the evidence that supports its occurrence. In addition, be aware of and be able to describe aspects of Plate Tectonic Theory about which there is uncertainty and/or disagreement.
  • Be able to explain how earth processes and materials impact human society, and how activities of human society impact the earth and environment. Be able to describe several examples of each - and explain them in detail.
  • Be able to explain what historical science is and why it is performed. Understand how modern day processes can be used to reconstruct the processes and events of Earth’s past including, but not limited to, utilizing experimental data obtained under a wide range of temperature, pressure, and fluid compositions that are then compared to ancient rocks.
  • Be able to describe and explain the limitations of several different methods used to perform historical science, and understand and be able to explain how and why multiple approaches are used simultaneously.

Total credit hours required for degree: 128

Academic Requirements

See Core   section of this catalog.


1Some students may develop an interest in geoscience while taking GOL 105  for Core. In such instances, students may substitute GOL 105  for GOL 225  by also successfully completing GOL 225  Lab while registered for 1 credit of GOL 390 .

2Students are required to take GOL 410  twice.

3For students interested in continuing on to graduate studies in earth and environmental science, the calculus based physics courses PHY 261  and PHY 262  are highly recommended. These require MAT 201  - Calculus I (3) and MAT 202  - Calculus II (3).

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