2019-2020 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The following curriculum:

Major hours
GEOL 101
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Laboratory
GEOL 102
The Earth Through Time
and The Earth Through Time Laboratory
GEOL 256Critical Thinking in the Geosciences2
GEOL 311Geomorphology4
GEOL 318Mineralogy3
GEOL 320Petrology3
GEOL 330Structural Geology3
GEOL 356Geoscience Lectures1
GEOL 411Sedimentology and Stratigraphy5
GEOL 420Geology Capstone3
GEOL 421Seminar I1
GEOL 422Seminar II1
GEOL 487Research I1
GEOL 488Research II2
GEOL 494Senior Thesis1
Field Geology (Summer; not available at UND)6
Select two of the following:6-7
Applied Geophysics
Introduction to Paleontology
Required in other departments
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
MATH 165
MATH 166
Calculus I
and Calculus II
PHYS 211
& PHYS 211L
College Physics I
or PHYS 251
& PHYS 251L
University Physics I
PHYS 212
& PHYS 212L
College Physics II
or PHYS 252
& PHYS 252L
University Physics II
Select one of the following:
Calculus III
Applied Statistical Methods
Introduction to Statistics
Departmentally approved courses in engineering, mathematics, foreign language, and other fields of student interest22-24

Concentration in Petroleum Geology

Geology is a critically important discipline in the exploration for and extraction of petroleum. These activities require skills in visualizing and understanding the sedimentary rocks especially those in the subsurface. The range of typical applications is wide and the methods used are diverse. Expertise provided by this concentration include aspects of sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, structural geology and geophysics. This expertise is highly sought after by industries and government agencies that find and produce the oil that fuels today’s economies. Furthermore, it has become equally important to train replacements for an aging workforce in this important technological area. The concentration in Petroleum Geology is designed to prepare students for careers as petroleum geologists.  

GEOL 407Petroleum Geology3
GEOL 415Introduction to Paleontology4
GEOL 491Geologic Problems (special projects in petroleum geology)4
GEOL 356Geoscience Lectures1
GEOL 500Sedimentary Geology3
PTRE 401Well Logging3
or PTRE 401B Well Logging

Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in Geology must complete the Department of Teaching and Learning Requirements in Secondary Education. Students seeking certification should follow the curriculum for the B.S. in Geology and select Statistics (PSYC 241 Introduction to Statistics, MATH 321 Applied Statistical Methods) rather than MATH 265 Calculus III or Computer Science. The 24 additional hours in science, computer science, statistics, engineering, mathematics, or a foreign language must include each of the following: at least one course in Biology with lab equaling 4 credits, Atmospheric Sciences, and Astronomy.

Geology majors seeking secondary certification must have an adviser both in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Formal admission to Teacher Education is required and is normally sought while the student is enrolled in T&L 250 Introduction to Education (see Department of Teaching and Learning listing).

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