Lake Superior State University

Geology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Geology examines the dynamic Earth and its physical, chemical and biologic history. It involves the study of changes that are taking and have taken place and the forces that cause these changes. For example, geologists interpret the movements of the continents over geologic time and the formation of mountains, volcanoes and other features of the Earth’s surface. Geologists attempt to understand our physical environment from which we derive most of the natural resources essential to civilization. They investigate the processes that led to the formation of mineral deposits, and oil, gas and coal. They also study environmental change throughout the history of the Earth and how those changes and the development of life are related. Geologists attempt to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides, and they are very active in modeling groundwater flow to develop water reserves for municipalities and to protect groundwater from contamination. Geologists study the natural world and apply their knowledge to achieve harmony between the human race and its environment.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Geology

Geology (60 credits)

Support Courses (28-31 credits)

and
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
    or
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3

*Students with adequate preparation in mathematics are advised to take MATH151 and MATH152 in place of MATH111 or MATH140 and MATH112 and to take PHYS231-PHYS232 in place of PHYS221-PHYS222.

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


Bachelor of Science Geology, Environmental Geology Option

Total Program Requirements Plus Distributed Electives (95 credits)

Program Requirements (78-80 credits)

  • GEOL121 Physical & Historical Geology I 4
  • GEOL122 Physical & Historical Geology II 4
  • GEOL218 Structural Geology and Tectonics 5
  • GEOL223 Mineralogy and Petrology 5
  • GEOL315 Geoenvironmental Systems 5
  • GEOL380 Introduction to Field Geology 3
  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4
  • GEOL431 Geophysical Systems 5
  • GEOL450 Geology Seminar I 2
  • GEOL451 Geology Seminar II 2
  • GEOL480 Advanced Field Geology 3
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • PHYS221 Elements of Physics I* 4
  • PHYS222 Elements of Physics II* 4
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences* 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra* 3
    or
  • MATH140 Precalculus Mathematics* 5
and
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
    or
  • MATH308 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
    or
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3

Distributed Electives (17 credits min)

Select electives to equal total of 95 credits

*Students with adequate preparation in mathematics are advised to take MATH151 and MATH152 in place of MATH111 or MATH140 and MATH112 and to take PHYS231-PHYS232 in place of PHYS221-PHYS222.

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements. 


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