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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Geology Major, B.S.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geosciences

Geology Major Program Information

Department of Geosciences
Ross Hall, Room 322 (main office)
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70357
Johnson City, TN 37614-1709
Phone 423-439-7516
Fax 423-439-7520

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program offers a major in Geology. Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials, processes, and development through time. The science of geology involves the application of knowledge about the Earth’s physical system to modern problems of mineral resources, fuels and energy, engineering, physical hazards, and the environment (both past and present). A B.S. in Geology will provide multiple potential directions for the graduate to pursue including entry-level jobs with local and regional mining companies. With classes in both GIS and geology, graduates can attain entry-level jobs in many county, state, and federal level departments where urban planning and natural resource management issues are constant. A B.S. in geology also provides the graduate to be a well-informed citizen about the real concerns dealing with natural hazards such as flooding, rock falls, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
The B.S. in Geology has a 120 credit hour requirement. A minor is required and the credit hour requirement ranges from 18 to 22. The department strongly suggests that Geology majors utilize a GIS minor-but this is not required. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in the major is required. Double counting of courses for the major and minor are at the discretion of the major advisor. The department will accept 30 transferred credit hours. Contact information: Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Arpita Nandi, Nandi@etsu.edu, Ross Hall 309; Department main office: 423-439-7516, Ross Hall 322; Department Chair: Jim I. Mead, mead@etsu.edu, Ross Hall 306; how to contact your advisor: www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/default.aspx#Find.

Geology Major

 A major in geology consists of 36 hours. The geology core requirement consists of 27 hours as listed below. An additional 9 hours of geology electives are required, as well as 24 additional hours of math and other sciences. A student choosing this major must also complete a minor.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  as specified by major.
Natural Sciences Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020 
  2. BIOL 1010  /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020  /BIOL 1021 
  3. BIOL 1110  /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120  /BIOL 1121  or BIOL 1130  /BIOL 1131 
  4. CHEM 1110  /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120  /CHEM 1121 
  5. GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041  and GEOL 1050 /GEOL 1051 
  6. GEOG 1110  and GEOG 1120  (labs included)
  7. PHYS 2010  /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020  /PHYS 2021  or PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120 
  * Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core departmental requirements: 6 credit hours
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640 
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320 


TBR General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


Complete the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following*:


Students eligible to enroll in this math course must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.

Additional Requirements: 20 Credit Hours

Minor: 18-27 Credit Hours

Electives: 0-4 Credit Hours

Additional Information

 Click here to view the Suggested Course Sequence for Geology Majors .

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