Jul 15, 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.S.) - Hegis Code 1917

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(Bachelor of Science 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.

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.

Total credit hours required for degree: 128

Learning Objectives

Students who complete the BS 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 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

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).

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 29 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 38-40 Credits
College Electives 4-27 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 128 Credits


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