Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

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. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is a rotating position; check the department website for current information.

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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Geological Sciences - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change. 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 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change and GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present, & Future

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
GLY 305 Mineralogy
GLY 306 Petrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
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)
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
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
Six credits of 400-level GLY courses (not GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498 or GLY 499)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 74
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 15
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting UB Curriculum, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Geological Sciences BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Writing, mathematics and foreign language courses are subject to placement. Alternate exam credit or transfer credits may change placement.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • Understanding basic scientific principles and concepts, including the
    importance of geology in society, geologic time, and geologic history, as well as rudiments of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and statistics with applications to geology
  • Laboratory and field practice in identifying minerals, rocks, soils, structures, stratigraphy and fossils, and using best practices to design and implement tests using modern methods and techniques
  • Developing approaches for collection and analysis of information, such as numerical modeling, GIS map construction, and literature searches
  • Critical thinking, hypothesis formulation and testing; i.e., demonstrating use of the scientific method independently and collaboratively, with hypothesis formulation, testing, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of observations
  • Demonstrating skill in scientific communication - oral, written and technological
  • Exhibiting an appreciation of scientific values and professionalism concerning ethical conduct in science, in ownership of ideas and research, and awareness of contemporary social and ethical issues related to geology
  • Graduates will have the depth of knowledge and skill to interpret and create geologic products; these products include interpreting geologic structures, landforms, and maps and creating field and laboratory notebooks and geologic maps

Geological Sciences - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change. 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 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change and GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future.

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
Three of the following courses
GLY 305 Mineralogy
GLY 306 Petrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structural Geology/Global Tectonics
Two additional 300 or 400-level GLY courses (not GLY 407, GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498 or GLY 499)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 46
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 42
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting UB Curriculum, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • Understanding basic scientific principles and concepts, including the
    importance of geology in society, geologic time, and geologic history, as well as rudiments of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and statistics with applications to geology
  • Laboratory and field practice in identifying minerals, rocks, soils, structures, stratigraphy and fossils, and using best practices to design and implement tests using modern methods and techniques
  • Developing approaches for collection and analysis of information, such as numerical modeling, GIS map construction, and literature searches
  • Critical thinking, hypothesis formulation and testing; i.e., demonstrating use of the scientific method independently and collaboratively, with hypothesis formulation, testing, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of observations
  • Demonstrating skill in scientific communication - oral, written and technological
  • Exhibiting an appreciation of scientific values and professionalism concerning ethical conduct in science, in ownership of ideas and research, and awareness of contemporary social and ethical issues related to geology
  • Graduates will have the depth of knowledge and skill to interpret and create geologic products; these products include interpreting geologic structures, landforms, and maps and creating field and laboratory notebooks and geologic maps

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Geological Sciences BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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.
Any 3 of the following: GLY 305, GLY 306, GLY 312, GLY 325, GLY 326

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
Three of the following courses:
GLY 305 Mineralogy
GLY 306 Petrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structural Geology and Global Tectonics
Two additional 300 or 400 level GLY courses (not GLY 407, GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498 or GLY 499)
GLY 407 Geological Field Training (minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this required summer field camp.)
Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 49
See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for UB Curriculum and remaining university requirements.

Formal Graduate Coursework (minimum 24 credits ):
Courses are to be selected in support of student career objectives with the advice and advanced approval of the MA advisor. Excluded courses are: GLY 526, 599, 633 and 700 as they are not considered formal courses.

One course (minimum 3 credits) is required in each of the following areas at the graduate level:
  • Environmental Geology
  • Volcanology
  • General Geology
Capstone Work (minimum 1 credit):
Registration in GLY 526 or 633 is required for completion of a paper, project, or portfolio.

Additional Graduate Credits:
Additional graduate credits (formal, seminar, or research) to reach a minimum of 30 total graduate credits.

Total required credit hours for the major: 49
Remaining Undergraduate credits: 63
Graduate Credits: 30
Total required credit hours for the BA/MA: 142

Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum (Undergraduate) 29
Additional Credits Required for Electives (Undergraduate) 33
Credits Required for the Graduate MA 30
Total Credits Required for BA/MA Degree Program 142

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Geological Sciences BA/MA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in five years.

Geological Sciences - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Applications should be made after completion of the first introductory course, GLY 101 Natural Hazards or GLY 102 Climate Change. A grade of C or better in that course and an overall average of at least 2.0 are required.

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
Three of the following courses
GLY 305 - Mineralogy
GLY 306 - Petrology
GLY 312 - Surface Processes and Hydrology I
GLY 325 - Geophysics
GLY 326 - Structural Geology/ Global Tectonics

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 23

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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