Geology (Earth and Environmental Sciences) - Bachelor of Science

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.

Students must receive a C- or better in courses.

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
College Algebra ( or higher)3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Physical Geology4
Earth, Time and Life
Microeconomics Principles3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 1150Introduction to Rocks and Minerals3
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present3
GEOL 353Geomorphology3
GEOL 360General Geochemistry3
GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology3
GEOL 449The Geological Profession1
GEOL 452Geohydrology4
GEOL 470Structural Geology3
Departmental Elective Requirements (select 9 credits from the following) 49
Mineralogy and Optics3
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
Isotope Geochemistry3
Petroleum Systems and Stratigraphy3
Seminar1-3
Field Geology3
Tectonic Evolution of North America3
Geology Field Camp4
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
Choose one from the following:3
Statistical Applications3
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
AEEC 337VNatural Resource Economics3
or AEEC 384V Water Resource Economics
GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
PHYS 1230GAlgebra-Based Physics I3
or PHYS 2230G General Physics for Life Science I
PHYS 1230LAlgebra-Based Physics I Lab1
or PHYS 2230L Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
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
Non-Departmental Electives (choose 12-14 credits from the following) 412-14
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory
4
Environmental Soil Science3
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
Domestic Policy3
Introduction to Remote Sensing4
Advanced Remote Sensing4
Science & Society3
Introduction to Rangeland Management3
Forestry and Society3
Climate Studies, Water , and Society3
GEOL courses: 300-400 level GEOL courses other than those used to satisfy the departmental requirements and electives
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 58-11
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.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Science in the Geology there is a one year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
8
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
French I
and French II
8
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
German I
and German II
8
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
8
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
8
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
3-6
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 1120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 1120Mandarin Chinese II4
or FREN 1120 French II
or GRMN 1120 German II
or JAPN 1120 Japanese II
or SPAN 1120 Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 1120/1220/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 1220 Spanish for Heritage Learners II
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

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 three 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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in ENGL 1110G Composition I and MATH 1220G College Algebra . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
GEOL 1110G
Physical Geology
or Earth, Time and Life
4
MATH 1220G College Algebra (or higher) 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Area VI:Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
Choose one from the following: 4
Composition I  
Composition I Honors  
Composition I Multilingual  
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I ( or elective) 1
BIOL 2610G
BIOL 2610L
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
4
ECON 2120G Microeconomics Principles 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
GEOL 1150 Introduction to Rocks and Minerals 3
GEOL 305V Fossils and the Evolution of Life 3
PHYS 1230G
Algebra-Based Physics I
or General Physics for Life Science I
3
PHYS 1230L
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
or Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
1
PHYS 2231 Supplemental Instruction to General Physics for Life Sciences I 1
Second Language, first course in sequence 2 4
 Credits15
Semester 2
GEOL 335V Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present 3
GEOL 420 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 3
Second language, second course in sequence 2 4
Non-Departmental Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Semester 1
GEOL 353 Geomorphology 3
GEOL 360 General Geochemistry 3
Geology Departmental Elective Course 5 3
English Composition Level 2 1 3
Viewing the Wider World 6 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Geology Departmental Elective Course 5 3
GEOG 381 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 4
AEEC 337V
Natural Resource Economics
or Water Resource Economics
3
Non-Departmental Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Semester 1
GEOL 470 Structural Geology 3
GEOL 452 Geohydrology 4
A ST 311
Statistical Applications
or Introduction to Statistics
or Statistical Methods
3
Viewing the Wider World 6 3
Non-Departmental Elective Course 3 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
GEOL 449 The Geological Profession 1
Geology Departmental Elective course 5 3
Non-Departmental Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 4 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits120