Geology, B.S.

The B.S. program prepares students for immediate entry into a career in geology or for graduate studies. Career opportunities for geologists in industry and government include environmental and geohazard assessment, evaluation of waste disposal sites, groundwater modeling, and exploration for natural resources. The B.S. program is excellent preparation for graduate study and ultimately for a career in research, teaching, industry, or government.

The B.S. program includes an intensive 4-6 week summer course in Field Geology, typically taken in the summer following the Junior or Senior year.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Nicholas Davatzes, Chair
Beury Hall, Room 307
215-204-2319
davatzes@temple.edu

Dr. Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Vice Chair and Faculty Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 308
215-204-2321
altd@temple.edu

Dr. Ilya Buynevich, Faculty Advisor, Geology
Beury Hall, Room 313
215-204-3635
coast@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

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 4696, EES 4796, or EES 4896.
    • 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).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (70-74 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 courses from EES 2002+, BIOL 2112/2912, CHEM 2201 & 2203 / CHEM 2211 & 2213 / CHEM 2921 & 2923, MATH 2043/2943 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
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    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)
    Science Foundation Electives (SFE) 1
    Select two of the following:8
    Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    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
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
    Two EES courses between 2020-20298
    Sedimentary Environments
    Paleontology and Stratigraphy (S)
    EES 3001Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
    One EES course between 3020-30254
    Groundwater Hydrology (F)
    Physical Hydrology (S)
    One EES course between 4101-41094
    Structural Geology (S)
    EES 4589Field Geology 26
    Two Upper-Level (2002+) Writing-Intensive EES electives 36-8
    Science Upper Level Electives (SUE) 1,3
    Select two of the following:6-8
    EES 2002 or higher (excluding required courses)
    EES 2002 or higher (excluding required courses)
    Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (or higher)
    Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (or higher)
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    Calculus III (or higher)
    Honors Calculus III
    Total Credit Hours70-74
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of 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/No-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 Science in Geology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
EES 2001Physical Geology4
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
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 Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
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 Credits6
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
EES 3001Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
2002+ EES Elective [WI]3-4
Science Foundation Elective14
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
EES 2020-2029 Facies Models (or Similar)4
Sedimentary Environments 
EES 3020-3025 Hydrology (or Similar)4
Groundwater Hydrology (F) 
Physical Hydrology (S) 
Science Foundation Elective14
General Education/Elective Credits2
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
EES 2020-2029 Paleontology & Stratigraphy (or Similar)4
Paleontology and Stratigraphy (S) 
EES 4101-4109 Structural Geology (or Similar) (S)4
Structural Geology (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours14
Summer
EES 4589Field Geology (see Requirements page and Advisor) (SS)6
 Term Credit Hours6
Year 4
Fall
2002+ EES Elective or Science Upper-Level Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits11-10
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
2002+ EES Elective [WI]3-4
2002+ EES Elective or Science Upper-Level Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits9-7
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
(SS) - Summer Session