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. 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 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 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).
  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
    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)
    Science Foundation Electives (SFE) 2
    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
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    EES 2011Mineralogy I (F)4
    Two EES courses between 2020-20298
    Sedimentary Environments
    Paleontology and Stratigraphy (S)
    One EES course between 3020-30254
    Groundwater Hydrology (F)
    Physical Hydrology (S)
    One EES course between 3096-30994
    Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (S)
    One EES course between 4101-41094
    Structural Geology (S)
    EES 4589Field Geology 36
    Two Upper-Level (2002+) EES electives 4,56-8
    Science Upper Level Electives (SUE) 2,5
    Select two of the following:6-8
    EES 2002 or higher (excluding required courses)
    EES 2002 or higher (excluding required courses)
    Introduction to Biology II (or higher)
    Honors Introduction to Biology II
    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
    1

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

    2

    Science Foundation Electives (SFE) and Science Upper-Level Electives (SUE) courses cannot be double-counted. Students may also select the honors versions of the courses listed.

    3

    Summer field camp is required of all B.S. geology majors and is usually taken in the summer following the junior or senior year. Students choose summer field camps at other institutions which are typically 4-6 weeks in length with tuition typically ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. The Earth & Environmental Science Department holds fundraisers throughout the year to help defray the costs. Students may also apply for research scholarships at CST and at the university. The Earth & Environmental Science undergraduate advisor must approve the choice of field camp.

    4

    One of the two electives must be writing intensive.

    5

    At most, one of the EES electives or SUEs may be a graduate-level course with permission of the faculty advisor.

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 Science 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 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 3096-3099 Petrology (or Similar)4
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology [WI] (S) 
2002+ EES Elective3-4
Science Foundation Elective24
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 Elective24
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 Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits11-10
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
2002+ EES Elective [WI]3-4
2002+ EES Elective or Science Upper-Level Elective33-4
General Education/Elective Credits9-7
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
(SS) - Summer Session
1

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

2

Select from the Science Foundation Electives list under Requirements.

3

Select from the Earth & Environmental Science or Science Upper-Level Electives lists under Requirements.