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BA in Geological Sciences

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences is a liberal arts degree for students interested in earth science.  The curriculum provides an overview of several subdisciplines within Geology, including paleontology and hydrogeology.  The degree is designed for students interested in careers in science journalism, environmental law, and urban design and planning.  The degree can easily be combined with other BA degrees in the College of Arts and Science.

Major Program Requirements

The B.A. Curriculum is designed as a degree through which the student wishes to eventually pursue a career in teaching, journalism, law, etc. In addition to the major core requirements, students must complete all university graduation requirements including university general education, as well as all degree and college or school requirements.

Geology core requirements
GEOL 1100Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory4
or GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology with Laboratory
or GEOL 1050 Planet Earth
GEOL 1250The World's Oceans3
or GEOL 2300 Earth Systems and Global Change
or GEOL 2500 Regional Geology Field Trip
GEOL 2150The Age of the Dinosaurs3
or GEOL 2350 Earth and Life Through Time
GEOL 2400Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory4
or GEOL 2450 Global Water Cycle
GEOL 3250Mineralogy5
Geology course at 3000 level or above3
Geology course at 4000 level or above (including GEOL 4950 Senior Thesis)3
Total Credit Hours in Geology (23-25)
Collateral Math/Science requirements
MATH 1140Trigonometry2
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
INFOTC 1040Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming3
or MATH 1400 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
CHEM 1000Introductory Chemistry2
ASTRON 1010Introduction to Astronomy4
or ATM_SC 1050 Introductory Meteorology
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
or PHYSCS 1050 Concepts in Cosmology
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
BIO_SC 1010General Principles and Concepts of Biology3
or BIO_SC 1060 Basic Environmental Studies
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or NAT_R 1060 Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources
Total Credit Hours in Collateral Math and Science (13-19)
Total Credits39

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
GEOL 11004GEOL 25003
MATH 11003CHEM 13204
CHEM 10002Foreign Language5
ENGLSH 10003American History or Political Science3
Foreign Language5 
 17 15
Second Year
GEOL 24004GEOL 21503
MATH 14003Humanities or Fine Arts3
BIO_SC 10103Social Science3
Foreign Language3Behavioral Science3
General Elective3General Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
GEOL 32505GEOL 38004
Humanities or Fine Arts3General Elective3-5
Behavioral Sciences3Humanities or Fine Arts3
Social Sciences32000 Level Behavioral Sciences3
General Elective3General Elective3
 17 16-18
Fourth Year
GEOL 46503General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
2000 Level Humanities or Fine Arts3General Elective3
2000 Level Social Sciences3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 126-128

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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