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Academics: Environmental Geology

Major in environmental geology

The environmental geology major involves 67-68 semester hours of course work. This major track leads to a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Required courses

  • Geology 151 - Introductory Geology or 120 Earth Systems
  • Geology 152 - Historical Geology
  • Geology 215 - Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
  • Geology 304 - Geochemistry
  • Geology 311 - Geomorphology
  • Geology 312 - Environmental Geology
  • Geology 317 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • Geology 387 - Geology as a Vocation
  • Geography 221 - Cartography
  • Geography 222 - Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Studies 210 - Human Modification of the Global Environment
  • Environmental Studies 302 - Environment and Society
  • Environmental Studies 385 - Environmental Studies Internship OR an approved Environmental Studies field course
  • Environmental Studies 395 - History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought

Required cognates

  • Chemistry 103 - General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 104 - General Chemistry I" OR Chemistry 106 - Engineering Chemistry
  • Math 171 - Differential and Integral Calculus OR Math 143 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Math 172 - Techniques of Integration, Introduction to Infinite Series and Multivariate Calculus OR
  • Math 132 -Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

Electives

  • Geology 212 - Structural Geology
  • Geology 251 - Oceanography
  • Geology 316 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geology 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
  • Chemistry 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Engineering 306 - Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Physics 133 - Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity

Environmental geology careers

Field course

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

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

Learning opportunities

Geology careers

Explore career opportunities for environmental geology majors.