Option in Geology
The B.S. in Geosciences at the University of Rhode Island is obtained through a combination of:
- General Education courses
- Supporting Science courses
- A core series of Geosciences courses; and
- Specialized Geosciences courses pertaining to the major option.
Core Geoscience Courses
All Geosciences majors take a suite of courses that are basic to the Geosciences degree. These courses are:
- GEO 103 – Understanding the Earth (4 credits)
- GEO 204 – Evolution of Earth (4 credits)
- GEO 210 – Landforms: Origin and Evolution (4 credits)
- GEO 320 – Earth Materials (4 credits)
- GEO 370 – Structure of the Earth (4 credits)
- GEO 450 – Introduction to Sedimentary Geology (4 credits)
- GEO 483 – Hydrogeology (4 credits)
- GEO 480 – Summer Field Camp (4 – 6 credits)
GEO 480 – All majors are highly encouraged to take a field course, preferably during the summer of the junior or senior year. Such courses are offered by a variety of different schools around the country, and involve 4 – 6 weeks of intensive field work including rock identification, mapping, and structural and stratigraphic studies. To broaden their geological experiences, we encourage our students to take advantage of one of the many courses offered in the western United States. Students may substitute an approved field experience for this course requirement.
In addition to the core courses, students must complete 2 GEO electives (at the 200-level or above) .
The B.S. in Geology & Geological Oceanography with and option in Geology requires 1 year each, of calculus, physics, chemistry, and biology, and a course in either computer science or statistics (totaling between 33-35 credits).
All majors are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research with a Geoscience faculty member. The exposure to cutting-edge Geoscience research engages students outside of the typical classroom setting, while also reinforces learned concepts. All faculty members routinely take students for research during semester and the experience can be used as credit towards a majors degree.
General Education Courses
The general education course requirement is a University-wide policy designed to build a basic academic foundation for all undergraduates. A total of forty credits is required. A number of courses required for the Option in Geology satisfy the general education requirement. More information can be obtained from URI Academic Advising.
Suggested sequence of Courses
|Fall (15)||Spring (14)|
|URI 101||GEO 210|
|GEO 103||CHM 101, 102|
|NRS 100||MTH 131|
|EEC 105||Gen Ed. elective|
|MTH 103/111 (if needed)|
|Fall (15)||Spring (15)|
|GEO 204||GEO 320|
|MTH 132||PHY 111, 185|
|CHM 112, 114||STA 308|
|Gen Ed. elective||Gen Ed. elective|
|Fall (15)||Spring (15)|
|GEO 370||GEO 450|
|BIO 101, 103||BIO 102, 104|
|PHY 111, 186||Supporting elective|
|Supporting elective||Gen Ed. elective|
|Fall (17)||Spring (15)|
|GEO 483||GEO option/elective|
|GEO option/elective||Supporting elective|
|Supporting elective||Gen. Ed. elective|
|Gen. Ed. Elective||Free elective|
|Gen. Ed. Elective|
Semester of GEO option courses and electives may vary depending on the Geology option selected.
Number of free electives will vary depending on the supporting science and Geoscience electives selected and the number of credits for field camp.