Aug 04, 2020  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 University Catalog

Geology and Geophysics, BS


About the Program

Within the geology and geophysics major, students study math, chemistry, physics, and enroll in coursework in physical and historical geology, earth materials, surface processes, plate tectonics, structural geology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, computer-aided analysis, field methods, and a summer geology field camp.  Students have a number of electives which can be used to take advanced coursework in seismology, crustal tectonics, engineering geology, hydrogeology, and a wide variety of other topics relevant to geologists. Faculty led classes, labs, and field experiences as well as undergraduate research (encouraged) are all components of this program.

Geology and Geophysics Website

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Curriculum and Degree Requirements for College of Science


A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (48 credits)


Required Major Courses (48 credits)


Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (51-72 credits)


COLLEGE OF SCIENCE CORE REQUIREMENTS

Electives (5-14 credits)


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


15-18 Credits


14-17 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


14 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


13-14 Credits


15 Credits


Summer 3rd Year


6 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • EAPS Professional Elective (EAPS 30000:59900) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science Core Selection - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Great Issues In Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


12 Credits


Notes


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 2.0 average in EAPS major classes required to graduate

World Language Courses


World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.