Curricular Programs

Bucknell's strong record of preparing people for graduate school and for careers in the traditional geological professions has recently been complemented by our evolution toward environmental geosciences. For that reason we now offer four different majors, a B.A. and a B.S. in Geology, and a B.A. and a B.S. in Environmental Geology. A B.S. degree is usually appropriate for a person who clearly plans a career in professional geoscience, especially if that career involves some further study in graduate school. For students who are less certain about their goals, or who wish to double major (a major in geology and a second major in another department), the B.A. degree might be more appropriate.

The lists below outline the four majors, but the University Catalog should be consulted for notes about additions, exceptions and alternatives.

The six core courses:

  • 103 - The Dynamic Earth
  • 104 - Evolution of the Earth
  • 201 - Structural Geology
  • 210 - Geomorphology
  • 214 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • 217 - Crystallography - Mineralogy

B.A. in Geology (8 Geology courses)

  • Six Core Courses
  • Two additional Geology courses above the 100 level

B.A. in Environmental Geology

  • Six Core Courses
  • 205 - Introduction to Geochemistry
  • One course from 202, 301, 310, 324

B.S. in Geology (11.5 Geology courses)

  • Six Core Courses
  • 312 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • 329 - Senior Program (half course)
  • 330 - Senior Program II
  • Three courses from: 205, 213, 219, 301, 310, 321, 322, 324
  • Additional courses in Math, Physics, Chemistry

B.S. in Environmental Geology (11.5 Geology courses)

  • Six Core Courses
  • 205 - Introduction to Geochemistry
  • 324 - Hydrogeology
  • 329 - Senior Program I (half course)
  • One course from 202, 301, 310
  • One course from 213, 312, 321, or 322
  • Additional coursees in Math and Physics
  • Two courses from an approved list in Biology, Chemistry and Civil Engineering

 

Sedimentology Lab, Spring, 2012
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