Geology (Geological Sciences) - Bachelor of Science

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.

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: Mathematics3-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
Physical Geology4
Earth, Time and Life
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
CHEM 1225GGeneral Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements 4
GEOL 1150Introduction to Rocks and Minerals3
GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life3
GEOL 312Mineralogy and Optics3
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
Petroleum Systems and Stratigraphy3
Seminar1-3
Introduction to Soil Science3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW) 4
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I3-4
or MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II (Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits):) 23-4
or MATH 1440 Applications of Calculus II
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits):4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
4
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
4
General Physics for Life Science I
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
4
Choose one sequence from the following (4 credits):4
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab
4
Calculus -Based Physics II
and Calculus -Based Physics II Lab
4
General Physics for Life Science II
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science II
4
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
C++ Programming3
Java Programming3
Python Programming I3
R Programming I3
Introduction to Civil Engineering3
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
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
Electives, to bring to the total credits 120 57-11
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
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 MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus and ENGL 1110G Composition I. 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
Area I: Communications - Level 1 Course 4
Composition I (Recommended) 1  
Area II: Mathematics Course 1 3-4
Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus (Recommended) 2  
GEOL 1110G
Physical Geology
or Earth, Time and Life
4
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 1 3
 Credits14-15
Semester 2
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 2 4
MATH 1430G
Applications of Calculus I 2
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
3-4
Area I: Communications - Oral Communication Course 3
Introduction to Communication (Recommended)  
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 1 3
Elective Course 3 1
 Credits14-15
Second Year
Semester 1
GEOL 1150 Introduction to Rocks and Minerals 3
GEOL 305V Fossils and the Evolution of Life 3
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 2 4
MATH 1440
Applications of Calculus II 2
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
3-4
Area I: Communications - Level 2 Course 3
Professional & Technical Communication (Recommended) 1  
 Credits16-17
Semester 2
GEOL 312 Mineralogy and Optics (Spring Only) 2 3
GEOL 420 Stratigraphy and Sedimentology 3
Choose one from the following: 3-4
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (Recommended to meet the 3-4 credit non-departmental requirement)  
C++ Programming  
Java Programming  
Python Programming I  
R Programming I  
Introduction to Civil Engineering  
Introduction to Statistics  
Statistical Methods  
Area V: Humanities Course 1 3
Elective Course 3 2
 Credits14-15
Third Year
Semester 1
GEOL 470 Structural Geology 2 3
GEOL 360 General Geochemistry 3
Choose one sequence from the following: 4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab 2
 
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab 2
 
Geology Upper-Division Elective Course (refer to degree requirements list) 3
Elective course 2
 Credits15
Semester 2
GEOL 399 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3
Choose one sequence from the following: 4
Algebra-Based Physics II
and Algebra-Based Physics II Lab 2
 
Calculus -Based Physics II
and Calculus -Based Physics II Lab 2
 
Geology Upper-Division Elective Course (refer to degree requirements list) 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 4 3
Elective course 2
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Summer
GEOL 495 Geology Field Camp 5 4
 Credits4
Semester 1
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 4 3
Geology Upper-Division Elective Course (refer to degree requirements list) 3
Geology Upper-Division Elective Course (refer to degree requirements list) 3
Elective Course 2
First Course in Second Language Series 4
 Credits15
Semester 2
GEOL 490 Field Geology 1,5 3
GEOL 491 Tectonic Evolution of North America 1 3
GEOL 449 The Geological Profession 1 1
Second Course in Second Language Series 4
Elective course 3 2
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-124