Recommended Sequence of Courses

  • First-Year: GY140 Introduction to Earth Systems, one elective (esp. GY205 Historical Geology, or a GY250 Topics course), Chemistry 107, MA126 Calculus or MA117 Prob/Stats.
  • Second year: The above plus GY211, 212 & PC141 or 241, and the second math course (if not yet completed). If schedule allows, one or more of the required 300-level classes can be completed.
  • Junior year: 4 of the five required 300-level courses and any supporting sciences. Careful planning may allow for a semester abroad; GY ajors may complete one required and one elective during a semester away.
  • Senior year: The remaining required courses, Senior Capstone (collaborative or independent research, and thesis research blocks). Confer with faculty advisor or faculty research mentor to discuss options.

 Important Dates for Geology Majors

  • Declare the major as soon as the decision is reached, so you will receive announcements via the geology listserv.
  • Arrange for one of the geology professors to be your advisor before declaring.
  • Majors meeting in the fall and spring
  • Geology Day takes place during 7th block; a day for majors who have completed research to present that research to their peers. Attendance is required for all majors.


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