Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Geology (GLY)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 40.0601 (Track 1 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Bachelor of Arts program is designed primarily for the liberal arts student who has an interest in the subject, but who is not preparing for a career in the field, or for the pre-professional school student. A student who elects the B.A. program and decides to pursue the geology profession or attend graduate school will need at least physics and field geology in his/her program.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet USF’s Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) core curriculum requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the University. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they (or their equivalents) must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • CHM X045/X045L General Chemistry I (with lab) or CHM X045C or CHM X040/X041
  • CHM X046/X046L General Chemistry II (with lab) or CHM X046C
  • GLY X010C Introduction to Physical Geology or GLY X010/X010L
  • MAC X311 Calculus I or MTH X281
  • PHY X048C* General Physics and Laboratory I or PHY X048/X048L or PHY X053C
  • PHY X049C* General Physics and Laboratory II or PHY X049/X049L or PHY X054C
  • XXX XXXX Historical Geology STRONGLY recommended
*The choice of physics sequence depends on the area of geology specialization.

Total Major Hours: 60 Hours

Major Core Courses - 48 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

  • Upper-Level Electives (12 credit hours):
    • GLY 4554C Sedimentary Record 2: The Earth’s Surface
    • GLY 4104C Sedimentary Record 3: Paleontology and Earth Evolution (if not counted toward core requirements above)
    • GLY 4324C Physical Volcanology
    • GLY 4480C Seismology
    • GLY 3720C Fluid Earth 1: Basic Principles or GLY 4822C, Fluid Earth 2: Hydrogeology (if not counted toward Core requirements above)
    • GLY 4310C Petrology
    • GLY 4866 Computational Geology
    • GLY 4921 Geocommunications
    • GLY 4780 Geologic Field Studies
    • And/or other 3000- or 4000-level GLY course, as approved by the undergraduate advisor

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Chairperson: J.G. Ryan; Assistant Chairperson: P. Wang; Professors: C. Connor, P.J. Harries, J.G. Ryan; M.T. Stewart, H.L. Vacher;Associate Professors: G.S. Herbert. S.E. Kruse, B. Onac, M. Rains, P. Wang, P. Wetmore; Assistant Professors: R. Malservisi, M. Pasek, J. Wynn; Instructors: J. Gould, J. McIlrath, T.C. Juster; Adjunct Faculty: E. Rodriguez; Research Associates: Z. Atlas, L.Connor; Courtesy Faculty: C. Bonadonna, R. Denicourt, RM. Olney, T. Pichler, D. Roman, V. Sales, S. Sandberg, T.M. Scott, J. Sorauf, S. Upchurch, K. Watson; Assistant Curator: R. Cambpell, G. Vest; Emeritus Distinguished Professor: R. A. Davis.

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