Geology, B.A.

The B.A. program is not intended for prospective geologists. The B.A. program is suitable for pre-medicine or pre-law students or for students planning to teach earth science in secondary schools. 

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Jonathan Nyquist, Chair
Beury Hall, Room 326
215-204-7172

Dr. Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Faculty Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 315B
215-204-2321
altd@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: EES 2096, EES 2097, EES 3096, or EES 4696.
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Arts courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (56 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 4 EES courses must be completed at Temple.
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 1
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Physics
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
    Select one EES course between 3020-3025:4
    Groundwater Hydrology (F)
    Physical Hydrology (S)
    Earth & Environmental Science Electives 2
    Five EES electives 2002 or above20
    Science Foundation Electives
    Select two of the following:8
    Introduction to Biology I
    Honors Introduction to Biology I
    Introduction to Biology II
    Honors Introduction to Biology II
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II
    Total Credit Hours56
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    2

    Earth & Environmental Science electives must be above 2001, and at least two of the Earth & Environmental Science electives must be writing-intensive courses. One of the five EES elective courses can be outside of the department with faculty advisor approval.

    3

    Students may also select the honors versions of the courses listed.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include CHEM 1027, for example.

Senior Research Project

Students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.25 at the end of the first semester of their junior year are eligible to undertake a senior research project. In the second semester of their junior year, students must select a faculty research advisor and, with the advisor, prepare a written research proposal. After the research advisor and the undergraduate Earth & Environmental Science advisor approve the proposal, the student may register for up to four (4) hours of EES 4082 Individual Study Program for a grade. Additional credits may be offered in subsequent semesters, but only for Credit/Non-Credit (CR/NC), to carry out the research project. Normally, the project will involve field or laboratory work in the summer between the junior and senior years and lead to presentation of the results at a departmental seminar.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with distinction in the major, students are required to achieve a 3.5 GPA in EES and Upper Level Science Electives for the major. In addition, a student graduating with distinction has no grade below C in the remaining courses required for the major.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
EES 2001Physical Geology4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Earth & Environmental Science Elective (see Requirements page)4
General Education/Elective Credits11
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Select one EES course between 3020-3025:4
Groundwater Hydrology (F) 
Physical Hydrology (S) 
Science Foundation Elective (see Requirements page)4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Earth & Environmental Science Elective [WI] (see Requirements page)4
Science Foundation Elective (see Requirements page)4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Earth & Environmental Science Elective (see Requirements page)4
General Education/Elective Credits12
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Earth & Environmental Science Elective [WI] (see Requirements page)4
Earth & Environmental Science Elective (see Requirements page)4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.