Jun 22, 2024  
2018 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
2018 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Geoscience (B.A.) - Hegis Code 1917

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(Bachelor of Arts degree)

The mission of the Department of Geology is to provide knowledge and understanding of the earth and its hazards and resources as well as an understanding of the interactions of the earth with other natural environments and with society to students in Geoscience, the other natural sciences, liberal arts, and pre-professional programs who choose such courses as part of their majors, minors and general education electives.

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. Those interested in a program in earth and environmental science designed to provide substantial breadth in science preparation by also including coursework in biology, environmental issues, and astronomy may elect to pursue the B.A. Each degree is also appropriate for teaching secondary earth science. Students interested in teaching should see also the Programs in Education.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the BA degree 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;
  • 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 and explain in detail several examples of each;
  • Be able to explain what historical science is as well as why it is performed;
  • Understand how modern-day processes can be used to reconstruct the processes and events of Earths’ deep past and its evolution over periods of time.

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.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 29 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 21 Credits
College Electives 15-36 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required for Degree 120 Credits


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