Declaring Your Major or Minor

Students may declare a geology major or minor if they are in good academic standing (2.0 or higher). 

Students should declare before Phase I registration begins so they can get access to major restricted courses and receive faculty advising. 

Note: Due to a high volume of registration requests, the Geology Department does not declare new majors or minors during Phase I registration. 

Major Restricted Courses

Most 300-400 level courses are major-restricted, and 400-level courses are restricted to Phase II BS and Geophysics majors.

It is important to declare before Phase I registration begins. For assistance with registration, please contact the Geology Department.

Which program are you interested in?

To declare your Geology BA or BS major, please schedule an appointment with the Geology Program Coordinator here: https://calendly.com/parkh23/geology 

During the appointment, you will complete major declaration paperwork, review departmental information and address any questions you may have about the major. 

See the BS Geology Program Requirements

See the BA Geology Program Requirements

Declaring a Geophysics Major 

Step 1. Schedule a pre-major declaration appointment with one of our Geophysics Faculty Advisors via email. 

Step 2. Schedule an appointment with the Geology Program coordinator to declare your geophysics major: https://calendly.com/parkh23/geology 

During the appointment, you will complete the major declaration form and review important departmental information. 

See the BS Geophysics program requirements

Declaring a BAE Major

Step 1. Schedule an appointment with one of our BAE Faculty Advisors via email.

Step 2. Once you have seen one of our BAE faculty advisors, please schedule an appointment with the Geology Program Coordinator to declare: https://calendly.com/parkh23/geology

During this time, you will complete the major declaration form and review important departmental information. 

See the Earth Science, Elementary BAE program requirements

See the Earth Science, Secondary BAE program requirements

See the Earth Science/General Science Secondary BAE program requirements

Please schedule a minor declaration appointment with the Program Coordinator.

During the appointment, you will complete the declaration eform, and review information about the minor.

See the Geology minor program requirements

The minor in geology is designed for students who want some preparation in geology to accompany their major course of study. Students majoring in Biology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Anthropology, Journalism, etc. may find that an understanding of Earth processes will be useful in a variety of careers. Thus students minoring in geology are allowed extensive flexibility for selecting courses that complement their goals. 

Pre-majors (Phase I)

Students who wish to earn a BS Geology or BS Geophysics degree must complete a set of preparatory courses for admission into these degree programs. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in this set of preparatory courses, and be in good academic standing to qualify for admission. Priority for admission will be given to students who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in these preparatory courses; students with a lower GPA will be admitted on a space-available basis.

  • Geology 211: Physical Geology w/ Lab (can be substituted with Geology 101 + 211A)
  • Geology 212: Historical Geology
  • Geology 213: GIS
  • Math 124: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I

And ONE of the following: 

  • Geology 306: Mineralogy 
  • Geology 310: Geomorphology
  • Geology 318: Structural Geology
  • Geology 352: Intro to Geophysics
  • Geology 211: Physical Geology w/ Lab (can be substituted with Geology 101 + 211A)
  • Geology 352: Intro to Geophysics
  • Math 124: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Physics 161: Physics with Calculus I
  • Physics 162: Physics with Calculus II 

Majors (Phase II)

Once you have received passing grades for all of your preparatory courses, the Program Coordinator will move you to Phase II of your major. If you have not been moved to Phase II but have received your grades for the prep courses, please contact the Program Coordinator.