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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ross Hall 306; how to contact your advisor: www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/default.aspx#Find.
The geology core requirement consists of 19 hours as listed below. An additional 9 hours of geology electives are required, as well as 20 additional hours of math and other sciences. A student choosing this major must also complete a minor.
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.
Humanities and Fine Arts
9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.