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Geology Department The content below is information specific to this academic department's fields of interest.

Major/Minor Requirments

The Geology Department is proud to offer four degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Geology, Petroleum Geology, and Earth Science. In addition, the MU faculty approved a new Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree offering in Geology beginning Fall of 2015, modeled after similar programs at regional state universities. Recent changes to the Muskingum University General Education curriculum and changes to the degree offerings of the Geology Department are reflected in the major descriptions provided below, and are effective for students beginning Fall 2015 or later. Current students should consult the university catalog for the year in which they entered when planning schedules, and discuss their plans with departmental faculty.

The BS in Geology is the standard degree for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree and provides a wide array of employment options after graduation, while the BA in Geology is designed for students who wish to pursue a wider breadth of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences in pursuit of careers related to the geosciences, such as science journalism or environmental law. The BS in Petroleum Geology is a traditional geology degree with a stronger emphasis on coursework preparing students for graduate school and employment in the gas and oil industries. The BS in Earth Science has been designed in conjunction with the Education program to support candidates who intend to teach earth and planetary sciences at the primary and secondary levels. We also support related programs such as Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, as well as interdisciplinary majors of the student’s own design.

Please contact our department chair, Dr. Stephen Van Horn, for further information.

Geology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(35 core hours in Geology, 6 elective hours, ~18 hours in other departments)

Core requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 313 (Structural Geology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 322 (Sedimentation and Physical Stratigraphy) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 340 (Sedimentary Petrology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 495 (Literature Seminar) - 2 CR
  • GEOL 496 (Senior Research) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 434 (Field Camp)* - 6 CR Transfer Credit from an institution approved by the department
  • CHEM 111
  • CHEM 112
  • GEOG 310 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) - 3 CR
  • MATH 140, MATH 180, MATH 190, OR both MATH 170 & 175 (Note: MATH 180 replaces the combination of MATH 170 & 175)
  • PHEN 101 OR 121

Electives: Choose 2 classes from the following

  • GEOL 200 (Oceanography) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 220 (Landform Evolution) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 311 (Paleontology) - 3 CR

Geology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(29 core hours in Geology, ~14 hours in other departments)

Core requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 311 (Paleontology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 313 (Structural Geology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 322 (Sedimentation and Physical Stratigraphy) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 340 (Sedimentary Petrology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 495 (Literature Seminar) - 2 CR
  • CHEM 111
  • GEOG 310 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) - 3 CR
  • MATH 140, MATH 180, OR both MATH 170 & 175 (Note: MATH 180 replaces the combination of MATH 170 & 175)
  • PHEN 101

Earth Science Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(26-27 core hours in Geology, 9 elective hours in Geology and/or Geography, ~18 hours in other departments)

Core requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 200 (Oceanography) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 220 (Landform Evolution) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 495 (Literature Seminar) - 2 CR
  • GEOL 295 (Research Experience) OR GEO 496 (Senior Research)
  • CHEM 105 OR CHEM 111
  • GEOG 321 (Weather and Climate) - 3 CR
  • MATH 140, MATH 180, MATH 190, OR both MATH 170 & 175 (Note: MATH 180 replaces the combination of MATH 170 & 175)
  • PHEN 101 OR 121
  • PHEN 150

Electives: Choose 3 classes from the following

  • GEOL 311 (Paleontology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 313 (Structural Geology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 322 (Sedimentation and Physical Stratigraphy) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 340 (Sedimentary Petrology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOG 310 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) - 3 CR

Petroleum Geology Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

(42 core hours in Geology, ~18 hours in other departments)

Core requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 230 (Introduction to Well Logging) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 311 (Paleontology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 313 (Structural Geology) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 322 (Sedimentation and Physical Stratigraphy) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 340 (Sedimentary Petrology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 350 (Petroleum Geology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 410 (Subsurface Geology) - 3 CR *NEW
  • GEOL 434 (Field Camp)* - 6 CR Transfer Credit from an institution approved by the department
  • CHEM 111
  • CHEM 112
  • GEOG 310 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) - 3 CR
  • MATH 140, MATH 180, MATH 190, OR both MATH 170 & 175 (Note: MATH 180 replaces the combination of MATH 170 & 175)
  • PHEN 101 OR 121

Geology Minor

Requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology) OR GEOL 340 (Sedimentary Petrology) - 3 CR
  • plus two (2) additional GEOL classes

Earth Science Minor

  Requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 200 (Oceanography) - 3 CR
  • plus two (2) additional GEOL classes (6 CR) at the 300 level

Geoscience track of Environmental Science major (7 courses from Geology Department)

Requirements:

  • GEOL 101 (Introduction to Geology) OR GEO 110 (Environmental Geology) - 4 CR, (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab)
  • GEOL 104 (Earth History) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 200 (Oceanography) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 220 (Landform Evolution) - 3 CR
  • GEOL 301 (Mineralogy) - 4 CR
  • GEOL 302 (Petrology) - 4 CR
  • GEOG 321 (Weather and Climate) - 3 CR

Please examine other core course requirement in the Environment Science program.

Teacher licensure - Earth Science or Integrated Science

Those planning to teach at the secondary level should consider certification in an additional teaching area such as general science. Contact the education department of specific course requirements.



Two Year Class Schedule (Click HERE to download)

Two-year course rotation, as tentatively scheduled:

Fall 2015

  • Geol 101: Introduction to Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4CR
  • Geol 105: Geohazards (Ged. Ed. 7, no lab)
  • Geol 110: Environmental Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4CR
  • Geol 200: Oceanography - 3 CR
  • Geol 295: Research Experience - varies
  • Geol 301: Mineralogy - 4CR
  • Geol 313: Structural Geology - 3 CR
  • Geol 340: Sedimentary Petrology - 3 CR
  • Geol 495: Literature Seminar - 2 CR
  • Geol 496: Senior Research - 3 CR
  • Geog 310: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 3 CR

Spring 2016

  • Geol 101: Introduction to Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 104: Earth History - 4 CR
  • Geol 110: Environmental Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 295: Research Experience - varies
  • Geol 311: Paleontology - 3 CR
  • Geol 410: Subsurface Geology- 3 CR
  • Geol 495: Literature Seminar - 2 CR
  • Geol 496: Senior Research - 3 CR
  • Geog 321: Weather and Climate - 3 CR

Fall 2016

  • Geol 101: Introduction to Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 105: Geohazards (Ged. Ed. 7, no lab)
  • Geol 110: Environmental Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 220: Landform Evolution - 3 CR
  • Geol 230: Introduction to Well Logging - 3 CR
  • Geol 295: Research Experience - varies
  • Geol 301: Mineralogy - 4 CR
  • Geol 322: Sedimentology and Physical Stratigraphy - 3 CR
  • Geol 495: Literature Seminar - 2 CR
  • Geol 496: Senior Research - 3 CR
  • Geog 310: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 3 CR

Spring 2017

  • Geol 101: Introduction to Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 104: Earth History - 4 CR
  • Geol 110: Environmental Geology (Ged. Ed. 7 Lab) - 4 CR
  • Geol 295: Research Experience - varies
  • Geol 302: Petrology - 4 CR
  • Geol 311: Paleontology - 3 CR
  • Geol 350: Petroleum Geology- 3 CR
  • Geol 495: Literature Seminar - 2 CR
  • Geol 496: Senior Research - 3 CR
  • Geog 111: World Regional Geography - 3 CR

 


Course Descriptions


Geology 101: Introduction to geology (fills General Education Area 7 requirement, with lab)

This is a four credit hour course with no prerequisite. It is a study of the forces, processes and events which have shaped out physical environment. It includes 90 minutes laboratory exercise each week.

Geology 104: Earth History

This is a four credit hour course with Geol 101 as prerequisite. It is a study of the methods and principles employed in deciphering the geologic history of the earth and the development of life. Emphasis is upon the geological evolution of the North American continent and the main features of the fossil record. It includes laboratory exercise and field trips.

Geology 105: Geohazards (fills General Education Area 7 requirement, no lab)

An overview of the geological and human factors that contribute to natural disasters, including the role of plate tectonics in driving earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activitiy; the atmospheric and hydrological cycles and their role in weather and climate related disasters; and anthropogenic impact of human civilization on Earth processes and the potential effects on health, safety, and property.

Geology 110: Environmental Geology (fills General Education Area 7 requirement, with lab)

A study of the interaction between humans and the geologic environment. Geologic phenomena such as flooding, volcanoes, earthquakes, and shoreline and soil erosion are examined. Discussions of groundwater flow, geologic constraints on sewage and solid waste disposal, resource utilization, acid rain, and the greenhouse effect.

Geology 200: Oceanography

A broad study of the marine environment which emphasizes the interrelationships of living and non-living systems. Current concepts of ocean evolution are analyzed with respect to their physical, chemical, and biological importance.

Geology 220: Landform Evolution

Comprehensive analysis of geological processes operating at or near the earth’s surface. Topics include weathering, soil development, mass wasting, and fluvial, glacial, eolian, and coastal erosion and deposition. Geomorphic systems are viewed primarily from a process-response perspective. Two hours laboratory exercise per week included. Pre-requisite: Geology 101 or Geology 110

Geology 230: Introduction to Well Logging

Introduction to Well Logging focuses on understanding the different types of well logs, their purpose, and limitations. Case studies allow the students to gain practical experience in well log interpretation and correlation.

Geology 295: Research Experience

This course is an elective course with 1 to 3 hour credit. The goal of this course is to give proper credit to first-year or sophomore student who is interested in geology/earth science/geoscience program and is taking time to obtain some research experience. Student should contact an instructor to choose a research topic and to arrange research activity.

Geology 301: Mineralogy

This is a four credit hour course with Geol 101 or Geol 110 as prerequisite or with the permission of instructor. This course deals with the physical, chemical and geological properties of minerals. The course includes exercises on mineral identification and mineral description. It includes laboratory exercises and/or field trips.

Geology 302: Petrology

This is a four credit hour course with Geol 101 or Geol 110 as prerequisite. This course studies the classification and genesis of rocks. It also include the discussion on the origin and evolution of earth's crust. It includes laboratory exercises and/or field trips.

Geology 311: Paleontology

This is a three credit hour courses with the permission of instructor as prerequisite. It studies the texonomy, morphology and recognition of stratigraphically-significant invertebrate fossils. Biostratigraphy, paleoecology and the evolutionary history of orgranisms as viewed from the standpoint of the fossil record are also included. Micropaleontology, vertebrate paleontology and paleobotany are introduced. It includes laboratory exercises and field trip.

Geology 313: Structural Geology

This is a three credit hour course with Geol 101 or Geol 110 or permission of instructor as a prerequisite. It deals with the mechanical principles of rock deformation and the resulting development of folds, faults, joints and other tectonic features. Geologic mapping, problem solving and field techniques are emphasized. It includes laboratory exercises and/or field trip.

Geology 322: Sedimentology and Physical Stratigraphy

This is a three credit hour course with Geol 101 or Geol 110, and Geol 104 as prerequisite. It is a study of the principles that govern the distribution and variability of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Emphasis is upon interpretation of source, mode of transport and environment of deposition of sedimentary sequences by analysis of vertical and lateral variations in texture, composition, sedimentary structures and geometry of sedimentary rock bodies. It includes laboratory exercise and field trips.

Geology 340: Sedimentary Petrology

Sedimentary Petrology is a study of the petrology and petrography of sedimentary rocks. Emphasis is upon recognition, classification and interpretation of sediments via field methods and optical petrography. Laboratory and field trips.

Geology 350: Petroleum Geology

This course focuses on the specific aspects of petroleum geology, such as petroleum migration, seismic exploration and production geology, that are not covered in more general geology courses.

Geology 395: Topics in Geology

This course provides the opportunity ot pursue advanced studies in the subjects not offered as formal courses. The department offers such studies in the areas of geomorphology, geochemistry, and other topics.

Geology 410: Subsurface Geology

Subsurface geology focuses on the major techniques used by exploration and production geologists to determine the nature of stratigraphic and structural variations in the subsurface. This course will also incorporate computer techniques including Geographic Information Systems in the study of subsurface geology.

Geology 434: Field Camp

This is a geology field experience required as a capstone experience for majors. Note: Not offered at Muskingum University; transfer credit required. Please consult with the department chair to discuss options.

Geology 495, 496: Geological Research

These are courses of intensive studies of selected problem in geology. Geol 495 gives two credit hours and Geol 496 gives three credit hours. They should be taken in two successive semesters. Sufficient field and laboratory time to complete the project are required.