Geological Sciences : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BS, Minor
Combined: BA/MA
Graduate: MA, MS, PhD

Advisement

At the time of a student's acceptance into the Geology department, the Director of Undergraduate Studies becomes the student's academic advisor.

Students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester prior to registering for the following semester. At the time of the advisement appointment, the student's academic record (all university, general education, and departmental requirements) is reviewed and any concerns are discussed.

Transfer Policy

The Department of Geology has articulation agreements with several colleges in the region. Students should consult with the advisement office at their present college for more details. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services Office at UB also may be consulted. To request a transfer of credit for a geology course not listed at either advisement office, submit a request to the director of undergraduate studies along with a course description from the college catalog and a course syllabus.

Geological Sciences - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Global Environmental Science. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 are required. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 are required.

Advising Note

To graduate, minimum GPA of 2.3 in all courses required for the degree.

Prerequisite Courses

GLY 101 Global Environmental Science or GLY 103 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System

Required Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
GLY 102 Global Environmental Science or GLY 104 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System
GLY 106 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Soft Rock I: Sedimentology
GLY 216 Soft Rock II: Paleontology and Stratigraphy
GLY 305 Mineralogy
GLY 306 Petrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I
GLY 313 Surface Processes and Hydrology II
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structural Geology/Global Tectonics
GLY 407 Geological Field Training (minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this required summer field camp)
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
Two 400-level GLY courses (not GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498, or GLY 499)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 82

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, GLY 101, MTH 121
Spring CHE 102, GLY 102, MTH 122

SECOND YEAR
Fall GLY 215, PHY 101, PHY 151
Spring GLY 106, GLY 216, PHY 102, PHY 152

THIRD YEAR
Fall GLY 305, GLY 326
Spring GLY 306, GLY 325
Summer GLY 407 (minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this required summer field camp)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall GLY 312, one 400 level GLY course (not GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498, or GLY 499)
Spring GLY 313, one 400 level GLY course (not GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498, or GLY 499)

Geological Sciences - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Global Environmental Science. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 are required.

Advising Note

To graduate, minimum GPA of 2.3 in all courses required for the degree.

Prerequisite Courses

GLY 101 Global Environmental Science or GLY 103 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System

Required Courses

CHE 101 General Chemistry
GLY 102 Global Environmental Science or GLY 104 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System
GLY 106 Geological Mapping Techniques
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
Three of the following two-semester sequences (six courses)
GLY 215 - GLY 216 Soft Rock: Sedimentology/Paleontology/Stratigraphy
GLY 305 - GLY 306 Mineralogy/Petrology
GLY 312 - GLY 313 Surface Processes and Hydrology (I and II)
GLY 325 - GLY 326 Geophysics/ Structural Geology and Global Tectonics

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 48

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 121, PHY 101, PHY 151, GLY 101
Spring GLY 102

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 101, one 200 or 300 level GLY course
Spring GLY 106, one 200 or 300 level GLY course

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two 200 or 300 level GLY courses
Spring Two 200 or 300 level GLY courses
Summer GLY 407 (recommended; minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this summer field camp)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Any GLY courses (optional)

Geological Sciences - B.A./M.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses required for the major.
Completion of the prerequisite courses.
Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.

Prerequisite Courses

Any two of the following: GLY 215, GLY 305, GLY 312, GLY 325.

Required Courses

GLY 101-102 Global Environmental Science or GLY 103-104 Evolution of the Earth and the Solar System
CHE 101 General Chemistry
GLY 106 Geological Mapping Techniques
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
Three of the following two-semester sequences (six courses)
GLY 215-GLY 216 Soft Rock: Sedimentology/Paleontology/Stratigraphy
GLY 305-GLY 306 Mineralogy/Petrology
GLY 312-GLY 313 Surface Processes and Hydrology (I and II)
GLY 325-GLY 326 Geophysics/ Structural Geology and Global Tectonics

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 48
Total required credit hours for the BA/MA: 76

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 121, PHY 101, PHY 151, GLY 101
Spring GLY 102

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 101, one 200 or 300 level GLY course
Spring GLY 106, one 200 or 300 level GLY course

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two one 200 or 300 level GLY courses
Spring Two one 200 or 300 level GLY courses
Summer GLY 407 (minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this summer field camp)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Graduate course work approved by the graduate committee.

FIFTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Graduate course work approved by the graduate committee, successful completion of a project

Geological Sciences - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Global Environmental Science. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 are required.

Required Courses

GLY 101 Global Environmental Science or GLY 103 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System
GLY 102 Global Environmental Science or GLY 104 Evolution of the Earth and Solar System
GLY 106 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Soft Rock I: Sedimentology
GLY 216 Soft Rock II: Paleontology and Stratigraphy
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I or GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 313 Surface Processes and Hydrology II or GLY 326 Structural Geology/Global Tectonics
GLY 407 Geological Field Training (recommended)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 26

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:14 EST