Geology - Bachelor of Science

Concentration: Geological Sciences

The concentration in geological sciences is a broad field of study that prepares students for employment by energy and mineral industries, environmental and water resource companies, federal, state and local governments, as well as service companies that utilize earth resources. Qualified students are also prepared for graduate study in the geological sciences.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics3-4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 23-4
Calculus for the Technical Student I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Introductory Geology4
Earth, Time, and Life
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits):
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective3-4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 23-4
Calculus for the Technical Student II
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 310Mineralogy3
GEOL 312Optical Mineralogy3
GEOL 360General Geochemistry3
GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3
GEOL 449The Geological Profession1
GEOL 470Structural Geology3
GEOL 490Field Geology3
GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America3
GEOL 495Geology Field Camp4
Departmental Elective Requirements 4
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Soil Mechanics3
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
Geomorphology3
Soil Chemistry3
GIS for Geology3
Geohydrology4
Isotope Geochemistry3
Geology of Mineral Resources3
Petroleum Systems and Stratigraphy3
Seminar1-3
Soils3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I 54
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II 54
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
Choose one sequence from the following:4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Select one of the following (8 or 6 credits):8
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
and Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
8
Calculus for the Technical Student I
and Calculus for the Technical Student II
6
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a second language (see the section at the bottom of the page)8
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
C Programming3
C++ Programming3
Java Programming3
Python Programming I3
Internet Programming I3
R Programming I3
Introduction to Civil Engineering3
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
Electives, to bring to the total credits 120 66-3
Total Credits120

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

Concentration: Earth and Environmental Systems

The concentration in geological sciences provides students with scientific insight as a foundation for careers in environmental earth science, environmental policy and resource management. Qualified students are also prepared for graduate study in these areas. This concentration does not prepare students for graduate study in the geological sciences; these students should follow the curriculum in the Geological Sciences Concentration.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Introductory Geology4
Earth, Time, and Life
Principles of Microeconomics3
Culture and Environment3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective4
General Chemistry I4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 310Mineralogy3
GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
GEOL 360General Geochemistry3
GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3
GEOL 449The Geological Profession1
GEOL 470Structural Geology3
GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America3
Departmental Elective Requirements 4
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Optical Mineralogy3
Geomorphology3
Soil Chemistry3
Geohydrology4
Isotope Geochemistry3
Geology of Mineral Resources3
Petroleum Systems and Stratigraphy3
Seminar1-3
Field Geology3
Geology Field Camp4
Soil Mechanics3
Soils3
Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
AG E 337VNatural Resource Economics3
or AG E 384V Water Resource Economics
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a second language (see the section at the bottom of the page)8
Select two from the following:6
Environmental Policy3
Congress and the Legislative Process3
Law and Society3
New Mexico Law3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 516-15
Total Credits120

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

Concentration: Earth Science Education

The concentration in earth science education is a collaboration between the Department of Geological Sciences and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. In this option, students earn a Secondary Licensure as well as a BS in Geology, and become qualified to teach the Broad Sciences at the middle and high school levels. Students take one year of graduate classes in the College of Education to complete the Secondary Licensure.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Introductory Geology4
Earth, Time, and Life
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Human Growth and Behavior3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective4
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 310Mineralogy3
GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
GEOL 360General Geochemistry3
GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3
GEOL 444GIS for Geology3
GEOL 449The Geological Profession1
GEOL 470Structural Geology3
GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
or BIOL 322 Zoology
C EP 210Educational Psychology3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I 54
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II 54
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching3
EDUC 315Multicultural Education3
EDUC 381Secondary Field Experience3
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
or PHYS 215G Engineering Physics I
PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II3
or PHYS 216G Engineering Physics II
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
or PHYS 215GL Engineering Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory1
or PHYS 216GL Engineering Physics II Laboratory
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a second language (see section at the bottom of the page)8
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 613-12
Total Credits120

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

After completing the BS in Geology, Concentration Earth Science Education, students should apply and be admitted to the Graduate School in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). For additional details, see the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership portion of the NMSU Catalog.

Secondary Teaching Licensure

To earn the Secondary Teaching Licensure, students must complete these courses and pass the NMTA Basic Skills, NMTA General Knowledge, and NMTA Content Knowledge Licensure Exams:

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
EDUC 505Classroom Management3
EDUC 509Teaching Methods Laboratory3
EDUC 510Internship/Student Teaching6
EDUC 563Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level3
RDG 514Content Area Literacy3
SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society3
Total Credits21

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geology there is a one year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete two semesters from the following:
CHIN 111Elementary Chinese I4
or FREN 111 Elementary French I
or GER 111 Elementary German I
or JPNS 111 Elementary Japanese I
or SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or JPNS 112 Elementary Japanese II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
For Heritage Learners:
SPAN 213Spanish for Heritage Learners II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III
or PORT 213 Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
or PORT 214 Portuguese for Romance Language Students II

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 112 level for the following courses:
CHIN 112Elementary Chinese II4
or FREN 112 Elementary French II
or GER 112 Elementary German II
or SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 213 level for the following courses:
PORT 213Portuguese for Romance Language Students I3
or SPAN 213 Spanish for Heritage Learners II

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of two years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.