Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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

*Transfer students who have taken GLY 2010C or GLY 2100C or the equivalent will be deemed to have met the introductory sequence requirements. However, ALL students are strongly encouraged to take GLY 2000L, as this course will greatly facilitate success in the upper-level offerings.

  • Introductory Sequence* (4 credit hours):
    1. One course, chosen from:
      • GLY 2010 Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology
      • GLY 2030 Hazards of the Earth’s Surface: Environmental Geology
      • GLY 2100 History of Life
      • OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography
      • Or other comparable acceptable course offerings, as approved by the undergraduate advisor
    2. GLY 2000L Essentials of Geology Laboratory
  • Core Courses (20 credit hours):
    • GLY 3311C The Solid Earth: Petrology and Geochemistry
    • GLY 3402C The Solid Earth: Plate Tectonics and Earth Structure
    • GLY 3552C Sedimentary Record 1: Sedimentary Processes and Petrology
    • GLY 3720C The Fluid Earth or
    • GLY 4822C Fluid Earth 2: Hydrogeology
    • GLY 4104C Sedimentary Record 3: Paleontology and Earth Evolution*

*(Requirement is waived for students who have taken GLY 2010, GLY 2000L or GLY 2010L, and GLY 2100, GLY 2100L.)

  • Supporting Courses (24 credit hours):
    • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
    • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
    • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I and MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II (recommended) or 
    • MAC 2241 Life Sciences Calculus I and MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II or
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I and MAC 2312 Calculus II
    • PHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with Lab and PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with Lab (recommended) or
    • PHY 2053/2053L General Physics I with Lab and PHY 2054/2054L General Physics II with Lab

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 4480 Seismology
    • GLY 3720C The Fluid Earth or GLY 4822C Fluid Earth 2: Hydrogeology (if not counted toward core requirements above)
    • GLY 4310 Petrology
    • GLY 4822C Fluid Earth 2: Hydrogeology
    • GLY 4866 Computational Geology
    • GLY 4921 Scientific Communication
    • GLY 4780 Geologic Field Studies
    • And/or other 3000- or 4000-level GLY course, as approved by the undergraduate advisor

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