UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

GEOLOGY


William N. Mode, Chairperson
Department Office: Harrington Hall 215
Department Telephone: 920-424-4460

Code 51 or GEOLOGY

I. FACULTY

Hudak, Jones, Lehrmann, Mode, Muldoon

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Geology can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science; A major in Secondary Earth Science Education can lead to the degree: Bachelor of Science in Education.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate degree program.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)

See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR

The Department offers 2 majors: 1) Geology, 2) Secondary Earth Science Education.

The Department offers a choice of 3 emphases within the Geology Major: 1) Professional Emphasis in Geology, 2) Professional Emphasis in Hydrogeology, 3) Liberal Arts Emphasis in Geology.

Students pursuing double majors may wish to formulate an individually planned program and should consult with the Department Chairperson.

3. THE MINOR(S)

The Department offers 2 minors: 1) Geology, 2) Secondary Earth Science Education.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Geology major or minor.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Geology

One of the following three courses:

51-102 Physical Geology 4 cr.
51-110 Honors: Geology 5 cr.
51-150 Environmental Geology 4 cr.

Followed by these three courses:

51-109 Evolution of the Earth 4 cr.
51-205 Mineralogy 4 cr.
51-206 Lithology 4 cr.
Exception: Secondary Earth Science majors must take 51-150.

Prerequisites: Note that Chemistry, 32-105 or 32-109, must be taken before or concurrently with Mineralogy, 51-205, and that the Chemistry courses have Math prerequisites.

Comment:

Students who elect Geology Emphasis A or B are expected to take a substantial number of courses in mathematics and other sciences, as specified below.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. GEOLOGY MAJOR(S)

A. Professional Emphasis in Geology

Recommended for students who plan graduate studies in geology or who will ultimately seek professional employment as a geologist. This emphasis stresses courses traditionally included in an undergraduate major in geology.

Required Credits: 41 minimum (Required courses in departments other then Geology are not included in the minimum).

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Geology: 51-302, 51-309, 51-314, 51-326 or 51-369, 51-331, and 6 credits from this list: 51-307, 51-308, 51-311, 51-320, 51-322, 51-369 or 51-326, 51-365.
Chemistry: 32-105 and 32-106 or 32-109.
Mathematics: 67-171 and 67-172.
Physics: 82-107 and 82-108 or 82-109 and 82-110.
Computer Science: 34-115 or 34-141 or 34-142 or 34-221.

Other Requirements: 6 credits of field geology taught in a summer field course that has been pre-approved by the Geology Department. Please consult with the Geology Department Chair during the fall semester if you are planning to take a field geology course other than 51-344 and 51-345.

Electives: For students who wish to take additional courses beyond the minimum requirement, these studies are recommended:

Biology: 26-105 or 26-107, 26-230 or 26-231.
Chemistry: 32-221.
Mathematics: 67-201 or 67-301.

B. Professional Emphasis in Hydrogeology

Recommended for students who plan graduate studies in Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Geology or Water Resources Management programs. Also suitable for students who will seek immediate employment in one of these fields. Graduates with this degree will meet the educational requirements for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' statutory definition of a hydrogeologist.

Required Credits: 41 minimum

Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum.

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Geology: 51-302, 51-314, 51-320 or 51-335, 51-326 or 51-369, 51-331, 51-365, and 51-366.
Chemistry: 32-105 and 32-106 or 32-109 or 32-110.
Mathematics: 67-171 and 67-172.
Physics: 82-107 and 82-108 or *82-109 and *82-110.
Computer Science: 34-115 or 34-141 or 34-142 or 34-221.
*Recommended course sequence

Other Requirements: 6 credits of field geology taught in a summer field course that has been pre-approved by the Geology Department. Please consult with the Geology Department Chair during the fall semester if you are planning to take a field geology course other than 51-344 and 51-345.

Electives: For students who wish to expand their background by taking additional courses in related topics offered by another department, these studies are recommended:

Economics: 36-206, 36-207, 36-355.
Mathematics: 67-201, 67-273 , 67-371.
Biology: 26-105, 26-106, 26-233.
Chemistry: 32-221, 32-235, 32-320, 32-347.

C. Liberal Arts Emphasis in Geology

Recommended for students who want a general, non-professional liberal arts education and are pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Required Credits: 34 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum)

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

  • Chemistry or Physics: Two semesters of one or the other;
  • A three-credit writing emphasis in Geology.

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

2. SECONDARY EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION MAJOR

Recommended for students who are in Education and wish to teach Earth Science at the junior or senior high school level.

Required Credits: 36 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum except for Astronomy (82-103) and Geography (50-342 or 50-335)).

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

Geology: 51-309, 51-320 or 51-335, 51-328, 51-344.
Astronomy: 82-103.
Geography: 50-342 or 50-335.
Mathematics: 67-108 or 67-104.

Other Requirements: Two semesters of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Electives: 51-331 strongly recommended.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. GEOLOGY MINOR

Required Credits: 22 minimum

Required Courses:

Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.

2. SECONDARY EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION MINOR

Required Credit: 32 minimum

Required Courses:

Geology: 51-150; 51-109; 51-205; 51-206; 51-309; 51-320 or 51-335; 51-328.
Physics: 82-103.
Geography: 50-335 or 50-342.

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Last Updated July 1, 1999