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.

Departmental Requirements 1
GEOL 111GIntroductory to Geology4
or HON 219G Earth, Time, and Life
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
Elective Requirements 1
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Soil Mechanics3
Environmental Geology3
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
Geomorphology3
Soil Chemistry3
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins3
GIS for Geology3
Geohydrology4
Isotope Geochemistry3
Geology of Mineral Resources3
Petroleum Systems and Stratigraphy3
Seminar1-3
Soils3
Nondepartmental Requirements 1
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I 24
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II 24
or CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
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
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
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)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
Computer Aided Problem Solving4
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
Select sufficient electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, to total 120 credits, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).36
Total Credits119-120
1

May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.

2

CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II: Preferred

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.

Departmental Requirements 1
GEOL 111GIntroductory to Geology4
or HON 219G Earth, Time, and Life
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
Elective Requirements 1
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Environmental Geology3
Optical Mineralogy3
Geomorphology3
Soil Chemistry3
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins3
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
Nondepartmental Requirements 1
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
AG E 337VNatural Resource Economics3
or AG E 384V Water Resource Economics
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics3
GEOG 120GCulture and Environment3
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory1
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)8
Select two from the following:6
Environmental Policy3
Congress and the Legislative Process3
Law and Society3
New Mexico Law3
Select sufficient electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, to total 120 credits, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).41
Total Credits120
1

May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.

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.

Departmental Requirements 1
GEOL 111GIntroductory to Geology4
or HON 219G Earth, Time, and Life
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
Nondepartmental Requirements 1
ASTR 105GThe Planets4
or ASTR 110G Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
or BIOL 322 Zoology
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
C EP 210Educational Psychology3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I 24
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II 24
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
Select 8 credits from two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)8
Select sufficient electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, to total 120 credits, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).38
Total Credits120
1

May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.

2

CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II: Preferred.

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 Curriculum and Instruction portion of the NMSU Graduate 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:

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