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) .

Supporting Sciences

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).

Undergraduate Research

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 100MTH 131
EEC 105Gen Ed. elective
MTH 103/111 (if needed) 
Fall (15)Spring (15)
 GEO 204GEO 320
MTH 132PHY 111, 185
CHM 112, 114STA 308
Gen Ed. electiveGen Ed. elective
Fall (15)Spring (15)
GEO 370GEO 450
BIO 101, 103BIO 102, 104
PHY 111, 186Supporting elective
Supporting electiveGen Ed. elective
Fall (17)Spring (15)
GEO 483GEO option/elective
GEO option/electiveSupporting elective
Supporting electiveGen. Ed. elective
Gen. Ed. ElectiveFree 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.

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