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Academics: Geology major

Examination of the formation, history, composition, structure and processes of Earth; application of geological knowledge to practical problems as committed Christians.

Admission to the major

You must have completed at least 2 courses in geology with a minimum average grade of C (2.0) before you may be formally admitted to the major program.

Required courses

  • GEOL 151 - Introductory Geology or 120 Earth Systems
  • GEOL 152 - Historical Geology
  • GEOL 212 - Structural Geology
  • GEOL 215 - Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
  • GEOG 252- Geomorphology
  • GEOL 316 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOL 317 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 387 - Geology as a Vocation
  • IDIS 310 - History of Physical Science (or other approved capstone) OR ENST 395 - History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought

Required cognates

  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I OR MATH 143 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Electives

Choose two courses from the following list of electives:

  • GEOG 181 - First Year Research in Earth Sciences: Dunes (first year students only)
  • GEOL 251 - Oceanography
  • GEOL 304 - Geochemistry
  • GEOL 312 - Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 313 - Paleontology
  • GEOL 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
  • GEOL 325 - Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 351 - Geologic Field Mapping
  • GEOL 390 - Independent Study
  • GEOL 395/396 - Research in Geology
  • GEOG 261 - Cartography and GIS
  • GEOG 361 - Advanced GIS

Recommended courses

If you are considering a career in geology and planning to go to graduate school, the following courses are recommended in addition to those required:

  • GEOL 313 - Paleontology
  • GEOG 261- Cartography and GIS
  • GEOG 361 - Advanced GIS
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II OR ENGR 106 - Chemistry and Material Science
  • ENGL 261 - Academic and Professional Writing
  • MATH 172 - Calculus II OR MATH 132 - Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • PHYS 133 - Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
  • PHYS 134 - Matter, Space and Energy
  • CS 106 - Introduction to Scientific Computation and Modeling
  • a geology field methods course

 

 

 

Requirements for the Geology minor.

Courses

Geology
Geography
Environmental Studies

Advisors

Dr. Ralph Stearley
rstearle@calvin.edu

Dr. Gerry Van Kooten
gkv2@calvin.edu

Program checklist

Geology interims

Field course

We highly recommend that geology majors participate in a field course while at Calvin.

Take Calvin's Montana Field Methods course in May (contact Gerry van Kooten), or explore field camps offered by other colleges.

Geology careers

Explore career opportunities for geology majors.