Environmental Geosciences | BA

A Geology degree provides an understanding of issues associated with the physical earth and skills which are in demand in today's job market. The Geology graduate will have a detailed understanding of climate change, sustainability of the Earth's resources, and the close interplay between human activity and the environment.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Geological Sciences aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Earth and Planetary sciences along with their formative and evolutionary processes. We train students to excel in the geoscience workforce and create sustainable solutions to societal needs.
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 Curriculum

Techniques such as environmental assessment, geological hazard assessment, field-based techniques, and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to evaluate the impact of humans on the physical earth and hydrologic environment. The practical and flexible curriculum, small class sizes, computer-based learning, strong faculty, and coursework in several areas of general education make this major appealing to students who want skills linked to employment or preparation for entry to professional schools (e.g., law, medicine, business).

Geology majors learn about the Earth's physical environment including climate, non-renewable geological resources, renewable geological resources, geological hazards and remediation as well as basic skills required by geologists. These skills and the geological perspective open doors to employment in government agencies and private firms that deal with water management, mining and petroleum exploration, climate change, the environment, and education.

Coursework for the Major

The geology major has three different specializations: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences (a joint program with the Department of Geography), and the Bachelor of Science. Students who are uncertain which program best suits them should consult the Department of Geology's undergraduate coordinator for information and guidance on curriculum planning.

Bachelor of Arts

This degree is the most flexible degree, and best suited for students interested in careers in education or environmental policy making. The degree also allows students flexibility to pursue advanced degrees in environmental law or environmental medicine.

Bachelor of Arts | Environmental Geosciences

Co-offered by the Department of Geography, this specialization is designed for students interested in land and water aspects of the environment. It can be tailored to focus on water and mineral exploration and management, geological hazards, environmental planning, resource sustainability, or earth science education.

Bachelor of Science

This degree is designed for students planning to take the professional geology (PG) licensure exam and/or to continue on to graduate study in geology. It emphasizes a core understanding of petrology, structural geology, field methodology and paleontology, and it requires significant introductory coursework in calculus, general chemistry, and physics.

Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

UFTeach Program

There is a severe shortage of qualified secondary science teachers in Florida and nationwide. Students interested in becoming part of this high-demand profession should see the undergraduate coordinator about the UFTeach program. UFTeach students can complete the UFTeach minor in science teaching along with their B.A. or B.S in geology and have the coursework and preparation for professional teacher certification in Florida when they graduate.
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Research

Students in geology who wish to graduate with high or highest honors will be required to conduct an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member. Students are also afforded the opportunity to conduct research within the department's laboratories regardless of their honors status.

Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Geosciences

This specialization is well-suited for students interested in environmental science, environmental policy, Earth science teaching, or environmental law and offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective between geology and geography. The major requires a minimum of 40 credits of coursework and is a joint offering between the Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Geography. Students must earn a minimum grade of C for coursework to count toward the major.

Required Coursework

GEO 2200
2200L
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Physical Geography Laboratory
4
GIS 3043Foundations of Geographic Information Systems4
GLY 2010CPhysical Geology4
GLY 2100CHistorical Geology4
or GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
GLY 3202CEarth Materials3
GLY 4155CGeology of Florida3
Select two geology electives:6-8
Oceans and Global Climate Change
Geology American National Parks
Paleontology
Hydrogeology and Human Affairs
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Sedimentary Geology
Coastal Morphology and Processes
Geological Field Methods
Select three geography electives:9-12
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
Climatology
Principles of Geographic Hydrology
Extreme Floods
The Human Footprint on Landscape
Conservation of Resources
Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers
Coastal Morphology and Processes
River Forms and Processes
Water, Risk, and Extreme Events
Environmental Biogeography
Aerial Photo Interpretation
Digital Image Processing
Weather and Forecasting
Hurricanes
Total Credits37-42

Related Coursework

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • Complete one critical-tracking course with laboratory (GEO 2200/GEO 2200L or GLY 2010C) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete the other critical-tracking course with laboratory (GEO 2200/GEO 2200L or GLY 2010C) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete STA 2023 and maintain a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 2 additional GLY or GEO courses with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA. (GLY 2100C or GLY 3105C recommended)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

  • Complete GEO level 3000 or above elective (3-4 credits)
  • Complete GLY level 3000 or above elective (3-4 credits)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete GLY 4155C (Capstone)
  • Complete any remaining GEO and GLY level 3000 or above electives
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically GE-C, H, or S). 3000 level or above Geography courses may count towards 3000 level electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Foreign language 4-5
 Credits13-14
Semester Two
Select one: 4
Physical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences; or equivalent)
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Physical Geography Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Elective 3
Foreign language 3-5
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16-18
Semester Three
Select one: 4
Physical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences; or equivalent)
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Physical Geography Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
Elective or foreign language if 4-3-3 option 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Composition 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (Critical Tracking) 4
Select one: 4
Historical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
Evolution of Earth and Life (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits14
Semester Six
GLY 3202C Earth Materials (Critical Tracking) 3
Geology elective 3-4
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
 Credits15-16
Semester Seven
Geography elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Geology elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Electives 9
 Credits15-17
Semester Eight
GLY 4155C Geology of Florida (Critical Tracking) 3
Geography electives 6-8
Electives 7
 Credits16-18
 Total Credits120

Electives to reach the 120-credit total will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.


Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in geology provides knowledge of the basic concepts related to earth materials and processes, and how to collect and organize geological data in the field. Through laboratory and field-based exercises, students will learn how to interpret geologic maps and cross sections, and to understand the application of the scientific method to solve these problems in teams and individually.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass GLY 4155C Geology of Florida according to the department grading rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content
  1. Identify, describe and define the basic concepts related to earth materials and processes.
  2. Collect data in the field.
  3. Organize geologic, temporal and spatial data.
Critical Thinking
  1. Interpret geologic maps and cross sections.
  2. Interpret results using the scientific method.
Communication
  1. Produce a clearly and effectively written synthesis of data collected in the field.
  2. Work in teams to solve geologic problems and to present the results of such collaboration effectively.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6 SLO 7
GLY 2010C I I I I I I I
GLY 2100C R R R R I R
GLY 3202C R R R R
GLY 3603 R R R R
GLY 4155C Capstone A A A A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Lab assignments
  • Projects
  • Exams

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in geology provides knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, observational findings related to earth materials and processes, minerals and rocks, geologic time, stratigraphy and landforms. Through laboratory and field-based exercises, students will learn how to analyze data in the published literature, synthesize analog and digital datasets to produce geological maps, and understand the application of the scientific method to solve geological problems in teams and individually.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass GLY 4790 Summer Field Camp according to the department grading rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content
  1. Identify, describe and define the basic concepts related to earth materials and processes.
  2. Identify and describe minerals and rocks.
  3. Define geologic time, stratigraphy and landforms.
Critical Thinking
  1. Analyze data in the published literature.
  2. Synthesize analog and digital datasets to produce geologic maps.
  3. Apply the scientific method to the analysis of published and self-generated data.
Communication
  1. Use computers for the presentation of geologic maps and data.
  2. Solve geologic problems in teams and present the result of such collaboration effectively.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6 SLO 7 SLO 8
GLY 2010C I I I I I I
GLY 2100C R R R R I R I R
GLY 3200C R R R R R R
GLY 4310C R R R R R R R R
GLY 4790 Capstone A A A A A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Six weeks of practical field exercises and mapping, including observation and data collection in New Mexico and the western USA