Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Academic Requirements

In order to graduate with a BS in Geological Sciences, all courses listed as major requirements must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Students who audit a GEOL course or who are unable to earn a minimum grade of C in the course may repeat the course. All prerequisites for GEOL courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Support Courses
CHEM A105
A105L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM A106
A106L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
MATH A251Calculus I *4
PHYS A123
A123L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS A124
A124L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Core Courses
GEOL A121Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors4
or GEOL A111
A111L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
or GEOL A115
A115L
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Laboratory
GEOL A221Historical Geology4
GEOL A225Earth Surface Processes3
GEOL A310Professional Practices in Geology3
GEOL A315Geological Data Visualization and Analysis3
GEOL A321Mineralogy4
GEOL A322Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL A331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL A332Sedimentary Petrology Laboratory1
GEOL A335Structural Geology4
GEOL A345Hydrogeology3
GEOL A461Geochemistry3
GEOL A476Applied Geophysics3
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Geologic Field Methods
Alaskan Field Investigations
Geologic Field Investigations
Geology field camp **
Electives
Complete 12 credits from the following:12
Volcanology
Geology of Ore Deposits
Geomorphology
Earth Resources and Society
Anchorage Field Studies
Kenai Peninsula Field Studies
Geologic Field Studies
Mineral Resources
Petroleum Geology
Depositional Systems and Dynamic Stratigraphy
Advanced Sedimentary Petrology
Geothermal Energy
Structural Geology and Geomechanics
Glacial and Quaternary Geology
Permafrost
Geoarchaeology
Geology of Alaska
Environmental Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Integrated Subsurface Mapping and Analysis
Geologic Field Methods ***
Alaskan Field Investigations ***
Geologic Field Investigations
Advanced Topics in Geology
Geology Seminar
Geology Internship
Student Research
Senior Thesis
Total Credits80
*

Additionally, MATH A252 is highly recommended for students majoring in geological sciences.

**

Geology field camps offered through other accredited academic institutions must be approved by the Department of Geological Sciences. Credits must be transferable to UAA from the academic institution that is offering the course and must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.

***

GEOL A480 and GEOL A481 may be applied toward recommended electives if they are not being applied to satisfy core requirements. 

Environmental Geological Track
Students wishing to receive a degree with an environmental geological sciences track should complete the above electives requirement with the following courses:
Complete 12 credits from the following:12
Geomorphology
Earth Resources and Society
Petroleum Geology
Geothermal Energy
Structural Geology and Geomechanics
Glacial and Quaternary Geology
Permafrost
Geology of Alaska
Environmental Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Geology Internship
Total Credits12

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 must be upper-division credits. 

Honors in Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences offers recognition to students who demonstrate exceptional promise in the science by awarding them with departmental honors in geological sciences. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared geological sciences major and meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a BS in Geological Sciences.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  3. Complete 6 credits of GEOL A499, or 3 credits of GEOL A498 and 3 credits of GEOL A499, with a minimum grade of B.
  4. Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must notify the departmental honors committee in writing on or before the date they file their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The curriculum of the UAA Geological Sciences program is designed to produce graduates who:

  • Have a basic knowledge of the principles related to the geological sciences with either an emphasis in environmental geology or general geology.
  • Have an understanding of how to think scientifically and apply their knowledge to solve geologic problems.
  • Have sufficient competence to obtain employment as an entry-level geologist or environmental geologist, and be able to progress professionally within the discipline and are prepared for advanced study.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of Alaskan geology and environmental problems in Alaska.
  • Are able to communicate their ideas.
  • Are prepared for and understand the need for continued professional development throughout their careers.

In keeping with the objectives, it is expected that graduates of the UAA Geological Sciences program will have:

  • An ability to apply their knowledge of general geology and/or environmental geology.
  • An ability to accept challenges and think through problems until they are solved.
  • An ability to design and conduct projects that include field work, laboratory analyses and interpretation in their area of emphasis.
  • Experience in field geology in Alaska.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and ability to pursue, lifelong learning.