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Geology concentration

Students in the Geology concentration learn the various processes at work within the planet and on its surface. Students gain hands-on experience with fossils, rocks, minerals, maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images in the laboratory and on field trips. The concentration/major is made up 15 credits from several groups of courses outlined below. Click on the title of each of the headers below to show/hide more details.

(Minimum 15 credits for Major / 35 credits total)

GEOL 100: Introduction to Geology (1 CU)
GEOL 111: Geology Laboratory (1 CU)
GEOL 201: Mineralogy (1 CU)
GEOL 205: Paleontology (1 CU)
GEOL 206: Stratigraphy (1 CU)
GEOL 208: Structural Geology (1 CU)
GEOL 317: Petrography and Petrology (1 CU)

MATH 104: Calculus, Part I (1 CU)

PHYS 101: General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound (1 CU)
PHYS 011: Physics Lab (0.5 CU)

CHEM 101: General Chemistry I OR CHEM 001: Intro Chemistry I (1 CU)
CHEM 053: General Chemistry Laboratory I OR CHEM 051: Intro Chemistry Lab I (0.5 CU)

Choose one course from two different disciplines from the following list.

Math:

MATH 114: Calculus Part II (1 CU)
MATH 115: Calculus Part II with Probability and Matrices (1 CU)
STAT 111: Intro Statistics (1 CU)

Physics:

GEOL 420: Introduction to Geophysics (1 CU)

Chemistry:

GEOL 418: Geochemistry (1 CU)

Choose from the following courses. (Cannot be double-counted)

GEOL 305: Earth Surface Processes (1 CU)
GEOL 411: Intro Soil Science (1 CU)
GEOL 415: Paleobotany (1 CU)
GEOL 421: Biogeochemistry (Elemental Cycling in Earth Systems) (1 CU)
GEOL 477: Vertebrate Paleontology (1 CU)
GEOL 511: Advanced Soil Science (1 CU)
GEOL 515: Evolution/Revolution of Land Ecosystems (1 CU)
GEOL 528: Aqueous Geochemistry (1 CU)
GEOL 530: Hydrogeology (1 CU)
GEOL 546: Regional Analysis (1 CU)
ENVS 541: Geographical Information Systems (1 CU)

Each student is encouraged to attend a summer Geology Field Course or complete a similar curriculum-related practical experience. (No course units are attached to this requirement.)

(Minimum 19 credits for the major / 35 credits total)

Qualifying students preparing for graduate study in the geosciences should select the honors program.

Required Courses:

GEOL 399: Junior Thesis Seminar (1 CU)
GEOL 498a and b: Senior Seminar (0.5 CU each)

Choose two additional courses (cannot double-count for above sections):

GEOL 305: Earth Surface Processes (1 CU)
GEOL 390: Summer Course in Geologic Field Methods (1 CU)
GEOL 411: Intro Soil Science (1 CU)
GEOL 417: Advanced Petrology (1 CU)
GEOL 418: Geochemistry (1 CU)
GEOL 420: Introduction to Geophysics (1 CU)
GEOL 421: Biogeochemistry (Elemental Cycling in Earth Systems) (1 CU)
GEOL 511: Advanced Soil Science (1 CU)
GEOL 528: Aqueous Geochemistry (1 CU)
GEOL 530: Hydrogeology (1 CU)
GEOL 540: Geotectonics (1 CU)
ENVS 326: Mapping Places and Analyzing Spaces

CHEM 102: General Chemistry II AND CHEM 054: General Chemistry Laboratory II

PHYS 150: Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion AND PHYS 050: Principles of Physics Laboratory I, OR
PHYS 170: Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion AND PHYS 070: Principles of Physics Honors Laboratory I.

PHYS 151: Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation AND PHYS 051:Principles of Physics Laboratory II

Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316