The Geological Sciences Program offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in geology.  Coursework involves both traditional classroom-based instruction and field-based learning experiences taught in the nearby Atlantic Coastal Plain, Appalachian Piedmont, Appalachian Mountains, and beyond.  Required coursework involves a four-tiered structure of offerings including (1) Introductory courses (GEOL 1 or 5 and 2), (2) Core courses in geology (GEOL 111, 112, 122, 126, 195), (3) Courses in related sciences (see list below), and (4) Upper-level coursework in geology.

Special Honors

Students seeking to graduate with Special Program Honors must have a grade-point average of 3.3 in both their overall coursework and in courses undertaken for the major.  Students must also complete an approved Honors research project.

Declaring a Major or Minor in Geology

Students are encouraged to declare their majors in the second semester of their sophomore year but may do so at anytime.  Students who wish to declare majors or minors should fill out a Declaration of Major form (available from the Columbian College Student Services office located in Phillips 107) and make an appointment to talk with Dr. Catherine Forster who currently serves as undergraduate advisor.