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  • Geology

    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.

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

    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    Bachelor of Arts

    The geology B.A. requires 32 credits of coursework. Students must complete at least 9 credits of introductory-level courses (2000 level and below) and at least 23 credits of GLY-prefixed courses at the 3000 level or above, excluding GLY 3105C. One course must be the capstone course GLY 4155C (3 credits). Students must earn a minimum grade of C for coursework to count toward the major.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete MAC 1147 (or equivalent) or STA 2023
    • Complete 1 of 4 critical-tracking courses with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA. Choose one from ESC 1000, GLY 1000, GLY 1073, GLY 1102, GLY 1150L, GLY 2010C, GLY 2030C, GLY 2038, GLY 2100C, GLY 3083C, GLY 3105C and OCE 1001. Students should take GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C, which is a prerequisite for many courses, in semester 3 or 4.
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete one additional critical-tracking course with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete two additional geology courses with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    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).

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) or
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (3) (State Core GE-M)
    3-4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Elective 3​
    Foreign language 4-5
    Total 16-18
    Semester 2 Credits
    GLY 2010C Physical Geology (4) or
    GLY 1000 Exploring the Geological Sciences (3) or
    OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
    GE-P
    3-4
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    ​Foreign language 3-5​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 12-15
    Semester 3 Credits
    GLY 2100C Historical Geology or
    GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
    GE-P
    4
    Electives 6
    Elective
    Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    GLY 3202C Earth Materials 3
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    GE-M; pure math if STA 2023 taken for state core in semester 1
    3-4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 5 Credits
    Composition
    GE-C
    3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Geology elective
    3000 level or above
    4
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    Geology electives 8
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    Geology electives 7
    Electives 9
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    GLY 4155C Geology of Florida 3
    Geology elective 4
    ​Elective ​2
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 15

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

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    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 and 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
    • GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographical Information Systems, 4 credits
    • GLY 2010C Physical Geology, 4 credits
    • GLY 2100C Historical Geology or
      GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life in America, 4 credits
    • GLY 3202C Earth Minerals, 3 credits
    • GLY 4155C Geology of Florida, 3 credits
    • Two geology electives, 6 credits minimum, from GLY 3074 Oceans and Global Climate Change, GLY 3163 Geology of American and National Parks, GLY 3603C Paleontology, GLY 3882C Hydrology and Human Affairs, GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics, GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology, GLY 4571 Fluvial Morphology and Processes, GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes, GLY 4750L Geologic Field Methods
    • Three geography electives, 9 credits minimum, from GEO 3162C Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, GEO 3250 Climatology, GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology, GEO 3341 Extreme Floods, GEO 3352 The Human Footprint on Landscape, GEO 3372 Conservation Resources, GEO 4167C Intermediate Quantitative Analysis for Geographers, GLY 4734 Coastal Morphology and Processes, GEO 4281 Fluvial Morphology and Processes, GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology, GEO 4300 Environmental Biogeography, GIS 4021C Aerial Photo Interpretation, GIS 4037 Digital Image Processing, MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting, MET 4532 Hurricanes

    Related Coursework

    • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics, 3 credits
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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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 2200/2200L 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 2200/2200L 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
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    Model Semester Plan

    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).

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Foreign language 4-5​​
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    GLY 2010C Physical Geology, or equivalent
    OR

    GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
    GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    ​​Elective 3​​
    ​Foreign language 3-5​​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 16-18
    Semester 3 Credits
    GEO 2010C Physical Geology, or equivalent
    OR
    GEO 2200 Physical Geography, 3 credits, and
    GEO 2200L Physical Geography Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    ​Elective
    Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
    ​3
    ​Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3​
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Composition
    GE-C
    3
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems 4
    GLY 2100C Historical Geology or
    GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
    GE-P
    4
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    GLY 3202C Earth Materials 3
    Geology electives 3-4
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    9
    Total 15-16
    Semester 7 Credits
    Geography elective 3-4
    Geology elective 3-4
    Electives 9
    Total 15-17
    Semester 8 Credits
    GLY 4155C Geology of Florida 3
    Geography electives 6-8
    Electives 7
    Total 16-18

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

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    Bachelor of Science

    The professional degree is for students who want to pursue graduate school and careers in geosciences and/or environmental science. The major is extremely flexible and allows specialization in a number of subdisciplines (geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and hydrogeology).

    The major requires 39-40 credits of geology coursework. Students must earn minimum grades of C for coursework to count toward the major.

    Required Coursework

    Introductory Coursework (7-8 credits)

    • General introductory course: GLY 2010C Physical Geology, GLY2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology, or any 1000-2000 level GLY, OCE or ESC course (3-4 credits)
    • Historical geology course: GLY2100C Historical Geology or GLY3105C Evolution of Earth and Life (4 credits)

    Geology BS Core Coursework (24 credits)

    • GLY 3200C Principles of Mineralogy, 4 credits
    • GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, 4 credits
    • GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics, 4 credits
    • GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology, 4 credits
    • 8 credits minimum of additional geology courses at the 3000 level or higher, excluding GLY3105C

    Geology BS Capstone Coursework (8 credits)

    • GLY 4750L Geological Field Methods, 2 credits
    • GLY 4790 Geology Summer Field Camp, 6 credits

    Related Coursework

    • At least 15-16 credits of related coursework
      • CHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 and Laboratory, 4 credits
      • MAC 2311 Calculus 1, 4 credits
      • One semester of physics and Laboratory (PHY 2004/PHY 2004L Applied Physics 1 or PHY 2048 /PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 or PHY 2053 PHY Physics 1), 4-5 credits
    • Remaining credits can be chosen from CGS 2531 Problem Solving Using Computer Software, CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, PHY 2005 Applied Physics 2, PHY 2005L Applied Physics 2 Laboratory, PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2, PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory, PHY 2054 Physics 2, PHY 2054L Physics 2 Laboratory; MAC 2312 Calculus 2, MAC 2313 Calculus 3 or STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics or other science credits at the 2000 level and above approved by the department. Specific courses selected from among the alternatives listed above will depend upon the student's primary interest.

    Specific courses selected from among the alternatives listed above will depend upon the student's primary interest.

    Students interested in graduate school are urged to take a year of chemistry, calculus and physics. Students should contact a departmental advisor as early as possible.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete one general introductory course (GLY 2010C Physical Geology, GLY 2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology, or any 1000-2000 level GLY, OCE, or ESC course).
      GLY 2010C is recommended as it is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses.
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete historical geology course (GLY 2100Cor GLY 3105C) or GLY 3000-level geology course.
    • Complete one related coursework requirement (CHM 2045/CHM 2045L, MAC2311, or PHY2004/2048/2053 and associated lab)
    • 2.5 Critical Tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete one 3000-level geology course (or historical geology course if not taken in semester 4)
    • Complete one additional related coursework requirement (CHM 2045/2045L, MAC2311, or PHY2004/2048/2053 and associated lab)
    • 2.5 Critical Tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    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).

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Foreign language 4-5
    Total 14-15
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-P
    4
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M)
    OR

    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2004L Laboratory for Applied Physics 1, 1 credit, (GE-P)
    4
    ​Foreign language 3-5​​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14-16
    Semester 3 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    OR

    Approved science course
    GE-P
    4
    GLY 2010C Physical Geology (4) or
    Other introductory GLY course
    GE-P
    3-4
    PHY 2005 Applied Physics 2, 3 credits, and
    PHY 2005 Laboratory for Applied Physics 2, 1 credit
    OR

    Approved science course
    GE-P
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 14-15
    Semester 4 Credits
    GLY 2100C Historical Geology (GE-P) or
    GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
    4
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Mathematics
    GE-M; or elective if Calculus 2 taken in semester 2
    3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    GLY 3200C Principles of Mineralogy
    GE-P
    4
    GLY 4750L Geologic Field Methods 2
    ​Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6​​
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    GLY 4310C Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    GE-P
    4
    GLY 4400C Structural Geology and Tectonics 4
    Biological Science
    GE-B
    3
    Geology elective
    Any GLY course 3000 level or above
    2
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3
    Total 16
    Summer Credits
    GLY 4790C Summer Field Camp 6
    Total 6
    Semester 7 Credits
    GLY 4552C Sedimentary Geology 3
    Composition
    GE-C
    3
    Geology elective
    Any GLY course 3000 level or above
    3
    ​Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    3​
    Total 12
    Semester 8 Credits
    GLY 3603C Paleontology
    GE-P
    4
    GLY 4905 Individual Work or
    Elective
    3
    Elective
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 13
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