Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Geology Majors

Bachelor of Science with a major in Geology

Students pursuing a career in the field of geology or students planning to attend graduate school – earning either a Master of Science in teaching or in geology – should complete the Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree, students are eligible to take the Geologist Registrants in Training Exam, which is the first requirement toward professional registration. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program, a minor is not required for the Bachelor of Science degree in geology.

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Degree Requirements: B.S. – Geology

Courses in Geology


GLY 110

The Face of the Earth with Laboratory


GLY 220

History of the Earth


GLY 315

Structural Geology with Laboratory


GLY 330

Geomorphology with Laboratory


GLY 335

Earth Materials


GLY 340

Introduction to Environmental Geoscience


GLY 394

Seminar: Geology


GLY 420

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation with Laboratory


GLY 425

Economic Geology


GLY 450



Select two GLY courses from the following:

GLY 120

This Dangerous Earth


GLY 150

Introduction to Field Paleontology


GLY 225

Prehistoric Life


GLY 230

Geology of National Parks


Select three GLY courses from the following:

GLY 350

Field Paleontology


GLY 360

Introduction to Geophysics


GLY 402

Invertebrate-Paleontology with Laboratory


GLY 416

Geologic Field Methods


GLY 435

Petrology and Petrography


GLY 440

Applied Geophysics


GLY 445

Geophysical Modeling


GLY 455

Groundwater Resources and Management with Laboratory


GLY 461

Ecology and Geology of Coral Reefs


Credits in Geology


Courses in Other Disciplines

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory


CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory


MAT 119

Precalculus Mathematics


Select one course from the following:

MAT 128

Calculus A


MAT 129

Calculus I


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods


PHY 211

General Physics with Laboratory I


PHY 213

General Physics with Laboratory II


Credits in Other Disciplines




Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geology

The Bachelor of Arts in geology is most appropriate for students seeking a dual major who wish to have a background in geology to support another major or for students seeking a degree in secondary education. For students majoring only in geology, this Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minor. The Bachelor of Arts in geology requires 30 hours of geology courses. General graduation requirements include 45 hours of 300- or 400-level courses, so students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in geology need to take at least 15 hours of 300- or 400- level courses in addition to the core courses for the degree. Students should choose these courses in consultation with their advisor, but additional elective courses in geology, geography or environmental science are highly recommended.

Degree Requirements: B.A. – Geology

Courses in Geology


GLY 110

The Face of the Earth with Laboratory


GLY 220

History of the Earth


GLY 330

Geomorphology with Laboratory


GLY 335

Earth Materials


GLY 425

Economic Geology


Select 11 additional GLY additional hours


Credits in Geology


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