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Undergraduate Program in Geology and Geophysics
 
Undergraduate Director:  Camelia Knapp
Office Phone:  (803) 777-8491
E-mail: camelia@geol.sc.edu
Administrative Assistant: Jonathan  Brazzell
Office Phone:  (803) 777-4535
E-mail:  jbrazzell@geol.sc.edu

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2008 - Magellan Scholars and Discovery Day Winners!!


Departmental Undergraduate Award Winners
Spring 2008


Outstanding Senior Award Beth Ann Bell
CAS Rising Senior Award Alan Rickenbaker
Outstanding Junior Award Emily Graham
Stephen Taber Award Denise Bachmann-Krug
Stephen Taber Award Christiann Boutwell




(l to r) Beth Ann Bell, Christiann Boutwell, Dr. Gene Yogodzinski, Emily Graham, Alan Rickenbaker, Denise Bachmann-Krug
 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Geological Sciences undergrad major

Beth Ann Bell

has been selected as a
2007-2008 Goldwater Scholar.

A well-deserved honor, Beth Ann!
 

 

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Undergraduate Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics

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Students seeking to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology may choose from one of five degree options:

  • General Major in Geology
  • Intensive Major in Geology
  • Intensive Major in Geology with Concentration in Marine Geology
  • Intensive Major in Geology with Concentration in Environmental Geoscience
  • Intensive Major in Geophysics
  • The Intensive Majors are designed for students who plan to pursue graduate work, or those who wish to enhance their professional qualifications in specific areas. The concentrations in Marine Geology and Environmental Geoscience allow students with specific career goals to specialize in those areas. A minimum grade of C or better is required in all major courses.

    All majors are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements in general education, general science, mathematics, and a cognate. General education requirements are set by the University and the College of Science and Mathematics. General science and mathematics requirements for a B.Sc. in Geology or Geophysics include two semesters each of Physics, Chemistry, and Calculus, and one semester of computer science. Cognate requirements specify 12 credit hours in related disciplines, chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.

    IMPORTANT: The following requirements are not guaranteed to be completely accurate or up to date; in all cases the requirements spelled out in the published Undergraduate Bulletin of the University of South Carolina are the official requirements that must be satisfied, and those requirements cannot be superseded by errors or omissions in these web pages.


    Core Curriculum in Geology
    All majors in all degree tracks are required to fulfill core curriculum requirements in geology. The core curriculum in Geology involves 7 courses for a total of 29-30 credit hours, plus a pre-major requirement for Geology 201 and Geology 202 (4 credit hours each, with grade of C or better). The geology core curriculum is summarized in the following table. Required courses in the core curriculum are offered alternate years, in either the Fall or Spring semester, with the exceptions of Geol 201 and Geol 202. The core curriculum in Geophysics consists of GEOL 305, 315, 325, 345, 355, 5 credits of Senior Capstone Experience (GEOL 500, 561, 699), plus 12 additional credits of GEOL courses chosen from the following course sequences: GEOL 531, 536, 537, 546, 554, 555, 556, 570, 575. GEOL 399, 498, or 499 (up to three credits) may be taken with approval of undergraduate director. The Geophysics major is discussed in more detail below.

    Core curriculum for B.Sc. degree in Geology, required for all majors

    Course #

    Course Title

    Credits

    Laboratory?

    When Offered

    Geol 201

    Observing the Earth

    4

    Field Based

    Fall semesters

    Geol 202

    Rocks and Minerals

    4

    Yes

    Fall semesters

    Geol 305

    Earth Systems Through Time

    4

    Yes

    Odd Years, Fall

    Geol 315

    Surface and Near Surface Processes

    4

    Yes

    Even Years, Spring

    Geol 325

    Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Basins

    4

    Yes

    Odd Years, Spring

    Geol 335

    Global Environmental Change

    4

    Yes

    Even Years, Fall

    Geol 345

    Internal Earth

    4

    Yes

    Even Years, Spring

    Geol 355

    Mountain Building: Structure and Tectonics

    4

    Yes

    Odd Years, Spring

    Senior Capstone Experience, Choose From:

     

     

     

    Geol 500

    Field Geology (Field Camp)

    6

    Field Based

    Summer

    Geol 561

    Environmental Field Geology

    6

    Field Based

    Maymester/Summer 

    Geol 699

    Senior Thesis

    5

    Field Based

    By Arrangement 

     

     

     

     

     


    Intensive Majors: 
    Students seeking intensive majors in Geology must pass GEOL 201 and 202 with a grade of C or better andare required to complete the core curriculum in Geology, and to take an additional 9 credit hours of advanced geology electives numbered Geol 399 or higher. For concentrations in Marine Geology and Environmental Geoscience, these 9 credit hours must be selected from a list of approved courses which address topics in those areas of specialization. In addition, students seeking concentrations in Marine Geology and Environmental Geoscience are also subject to cognate course restrictions. Geology electives numbered 399 and higher are available every semester, although specific courses offered vary from year to year. 


    Intensive Major in Geology with Concentration in Marine Geology
    Students seeking an intensive major in Geology with concentration in Marine Geology must pass GEOL 201 and 202 with a grade of C or better and are required to complete the core curriculum in Geology, and to take an additional 9 credit hours of advanced geology electives selected from the list below. Other courses may be substituted by petition. In addition, the cognate credits must include 3 credits of MATH 241 (or higher), or STAT 509, 510, 511, 512, 515, 516.

    Geology Electives for the Marine Geology Concentration 
    # Course
    511 Advanced Paleontology 
    515 Marine Micropaleontology
    516 Sedimentology 
    517 Advanced Micropaleontology 
    521 Introduction to Geochemistry 
    531 Plate Tectonics
    545 Geologic Oceanography
    546 Marine Geophysics
    553 Marine Sediments
    557 Coastal Processes
    581 Esturine Oceanography
    582 Marine Hydrodynamics
    583 Salt Marshes
    498/499 UG Research: Up to 3 credits on approved topics.  


    Intensive Major in Geology with Concentration in Environmental Geoscience
    Students seeking an intensive major in Geology with concentration in Environmental Geoscience are required to complete the pre-major requirements (pass GEOL 201 and 202 with a grade of C or better) and complete the following courses: GEOL 305, 315, 325, 335, 355 and five credits of Senior Capstone Experience (GEOL 561, 699 or a field course at an approved university) plus 12 credits from the following: GEOL 371, 501, 508, 510, 518, 520, 521, 536, 557, 560, 570, 571, 575, 583, 498/499 (limit 3 credits on approved research topics, not including Senior Thesis GEOL 699) (37 hours). Other courses may be substituted by petition. Cognates must include 3 credits of MATH 241 or higher, or STAT 515 or 516. Additional cognate courses should be chosen from the following list: CHEM 321, 331, 332, 521, 541, 542, 550, BIOL 541, 570, PHYS 301, 351, MATH 241, 242, 511, 520, 521, STAT 515, 516, GEOG 343, 345, 346, 347, 363, 543, 547, 551, 563.

    Geology Electives for Environmental Geosciences Concentration

    # Course
    371 A River Runs through It
    501 Geomorphology
    508 Palynology
    510 Organic Sedimentation and Coal Genesis
    518 Subsurface Stratigraphy
    520 Isotope Geology and geochronology
    521 Introduction to Geochemistry
    536 Applied Geophysics
    557 Coastal Processes
    560 Earth Resource Management
    570 Environmental Hydrogeology
    571 Soil Hydrology
    575 Introduction to Groundwater Modeling
    583 Geochemistry of Salt Marshes
    498/499 UG Research: Up to 3 credits on approved topics. 


    Intensive Major in Geophysics
    Students seeking an intensive major in Geophysics must pass GEOL 201 and 202 with a grade of C or better and are required to take GEOL 305, 315, 325, 345, 355, 5 credits of Senior Capstone Experience (GEOL 500, 561, 699), plus 12 additional credits of GEOL courses chosen from the following course sequences: GEOL 531, 536, 537, 546, 554, 555, 556, 570, 575. GEOL 399, 498, or 499 (up to three credits) may be taken with approval of undergraduate director.

    Other Requirements include MATH through 142, CSCI 206 or 207, PHYS 211, 211L, 212, 212L, and CHEM 111, 112. Cognates must include MATH 241, 242 plus 6 additional hours of quantitative coursework chosen from the following list: MATH 511, 520, 521, 526, 527, 544, 550, 552, PHYS 301, 302, 503, 504, 506, 512, 514, STAT 509 or 511, 510, 512.

    Electives: Solid Earth Geophysics emphasis

    531 Plate Tectonics
    536 Geophysics
    537 Field methods in Geophysics
    554 Applied Seismology
    555 Elementary Seismology
    556 Seismic Reflection Interpretation 

    Electives: Hydrogeology emphasis

    570 Environmental Hydrogeology
    575 Introduction to Groundwater Modeling

     All areas of emphasis:

    399 Independent Study
    498/499 UG Research

    How to contact the Department:
    Main Office Phone:   (803) 777-4535
    Main Office Fax:  (803) 777-6610
    Undergraduate Director:  (803) 777-8491
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    Columbia, SC 29208

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