Geoscience

College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Geology and Geophysics
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www.uaf.edu/geology/

B.S. Degrees; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

Graduates in geoscience have broad backgrounds in the earth sciences and firm foundations in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Four options are available to allow students to pursue their own emphasis: geology, paleontology, geospatial science and geophysics. The options allow students to focus earlier in their studies but are flexible enough to allow students to pursue their own interests in the junior and senior years. All of the options are designed to prepare students for industry jobs in oil, mining and environmental consulting; jobs with agencies such as U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys; or graduate studies.

The geology option offers students a sound background in a spectrum geological disciplines with an emphasis on current field mapping techniques essential to exploration and research. The paleontology option is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to locate, excavate, interpret and curate specimens for museums, agencies or universities. The geospatial sciences option focuses on the principles, techniques and applications of remote sensing, GIS and GPS to prepare students for careers that require geospatial data analysis and visualization. The geophysics option challenges students to use physics in understanding geoscience concepts, emphasizing applications in seismology, volcanology and glaciology in the context of the Alaskan landscape. This option is designed to prepare students for graduate work in geophysics and environmental engineering fields or other disciplines that use geophysical tools such as ground penetrating radar or exploration seismology.

Major -- B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete MATH F200X, CHEM F105X and F106X.)
  2. Complete the following:*
    GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    GEOS F112X--The History of Earth and Life--4 credits
    GEOS F309--Plate Tectonics--3 credits
  3. Complete one of the following options:*
    Option I -- Geology
    1. Complete the following:*
      GEOS F213--Mineralogy--4 credits
      GEOS F214--Petrology and Petrography--4 credits
      GEOS F225--Field and Computer Methods in Geology--2 credits
      GEOS F304--Geomorphology--3 credits
      GEOS F314--Structural Geology--4 credits
      GEOS F315W--Paleobiology and Paleontology--4 credits
      GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
      GEOS F351W--Field Geology**--8 credits
      GEOS F430--Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology--3 credits
      PHYS F103X and PHYS F104X--College Physics (8)
           or PHYS F211 and PHYS F212--General Physics (8)--8 credits
      STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
           or STAT F300X--Statistics (3)--3 credits
    2. Complete 12 additional credits of upper-division GEOS courses or other upper-division courses approved by the undergraduate advisor, to include one O (oral intensive) course.*


    Option II -- Paleontology
    1. Complete the following:*
      GEOS F213--Mineralogy--4 credits
      GEOS F214--Petrology and Petrography--4 credits
      GEOS F225--Field and Computer Methods in Geology--2 credits
      GEOS F304--Geomorphology--3 credits
      GEOS F314--Structural Geology--4 credits
      GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
      GEOS F351W--Field Geology**--8 credits
      GEOS F430--Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology--3 credits
      PHYS F103X--College Physics (4)
           or PHYS F211--General Physics (4)--4 credits
      STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
           or STAT F300X--Statistics--3 credits
    2. Complete the following:*
      GEOS F315W--Paleobiology and Paleontology--4 credits
      GEOS F317O--Paleontological Research and Laboratory Methods--2 credits
    3. Complete at least two of the following electives:*
      GEOS F453--Palynology and Paleopalynology--4 credits
      GEOG F485--Mass Extinctions, Neocatastrophism and the History of Life--3 credits
      GEOS F486--Vertebrate Paleontology--3 credits
      GEOS F488--Undergraduate Research--2 credits
    4. Complete the requirements for a minor in biological sciences--20 credits


    Option III -- Geospatial Sciences
    1. Complete the following:*
      GEOS F213--Mineralogy--4 credits
      GEOS F214--Petrology and Petrography--4 credits
      GEOS F304--Geomorphology--3 credits
      GEOS F314--Structural Geology--4 credits
      GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
      GEOS F351W--Field Geology**--8 credits
      PHYS F103X and PHYS F104X--College Physics (8)
           or PHYS F211 and PHYS F212--General Physics (8)--8 credits
      STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
           or STAT F300X--Statistics--3 credits
    2. Complete the following:*
      GEOS/GEOG F222--Fundamentals of Geospatial Sciences--3 credits
      GEOS F225--Field and Computer Methods in Geology--3 credits
      GEOS F430--Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology--3 credits
    3. Complete at least two of the following remote sensing electives:*
      GEOS F408--Photogeology--2 credits
      GEOS F422--Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing--3 credits
      GEOS F488--Undergraduate Research--2 credits
      NRM F641--Remote Sensing of Natural Resources--4 credits
    4. Complete at least two of the following GIS electives:*
      GEOG F309--Cartography and Geovisualization--4 credits
      GEOG F435--GIS Analysis--3 credits
      GEOS F458--Geoscience Applications of GPS and GIS--3 credits
      NRM F338--Introduction to GIS--3 credits
    5. Complete 9 additional credits of upper-division GEOS courses or other upper-division courses approved by the undergraduate advisor, to include one O (oral intensive) and one additional W (writing intensive) course.*


    Option IV-- Geophysics
    1. Complete the following:*
      MATH F201X and MATH F202X--Calculus II and III--8 credits
      MATH F302--Differential Equations--3 credits
      MATH F314--Linear Algebra--4 credits
      PHYS F211 and PHYS F212--General Physics--8 credits
      PHYS F213X--Elementary Modern Physics--4 credits
      PHYS F220--Introduction to Computational Physics--4 credits
    2. Complete the following:*
      GEOS F262--Rocks and Minerals--3 credits
      GEOS F318--Solid Earth Geophysics--3 credits
      GEOS F377O--Ice in the Climate System--3 credits
      GEOS F406--Volcanology--3 credits
      GEOS F431--Foundations of Geophysics--4 credits
      GEOS F475W,O--Presentation Techniques in the Geosciences--2 credits
      GEOS F488--Undergraduate Research--2 credits
    3. Complete at least three of the following science and engineering electives:*
      ES F331--Mechanics of Materials--3 credits
      ES F341--Fluid Mechanics--4 credits
      GEOS F314--Structural Geology--4 credits
      GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
      GEOS F422--Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing--3 credits
      ME F441--Heat and Mass Transfer--3 credits
      PHYS F301--Inroduction to Mathematical Physics--4 credits
      PHYS F313--Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics--4 credits
      PHYS F341--Classical Physics I: Particle Mechanics--4 credits
    4. Complete one W (writing intensive) course approved by the undergraduate advisor*--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C grade (2.0) or better in each of these courses.

** GEOS F351 is offered at UAF during the summer of odd-numbered years. Students may substitute a 6-credit field geology class at another institution. The geology and geophysics undergraduate advisor will assist students in placement in an approved field geology class.

Minor

Geology

  1. Complete the following:
    GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    GEOS F112X--The History of Earth and Life--4 credits
  2. Complete 12 additional credits of GEOS courses as approved by the undergraduate geoscience advisor:--12 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--20 credits

Paleontology

  1. Complete the following:
    GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    GEOS F112X--The History of Earth and Life--4 credits
  2. Complete three of the following:
    GEOS F315W--Paleobiology and Paleontology--4 credits
    GEOS F317O--Paleontological Research and Laboratory Methods--2 credits
    GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
    GEOS F453--Palynology and Paleopalynology--4 credits
    GEOS F485--Mass Extinctions, Neocatastrophism and the History of Life--3 credits
    GEOS F486--Vertebrate Paleontology--3 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--16 - 20 credits

Geospatial Sciences

  1. Complete the following:
    GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    GEOS F112X--The History of Earth and Life--4 credits
    GEOS/GEOG F222--Fundamentals of Geospatial Sciences--3 credits
    GEOS F225--Field and Computer Methods in Geology--2 credits
    GEOS F422--Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing--3 credits
    GEOS F458--Geoscience Applications of GPS and GIS--3 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--19 credits

Geophysics

  1. Complete the following:
    GEOS F101X--The Dynamic Earth--4 credits
    GEOS F112X--The History of Earth and Life--4 credits
    GEOS F377O--Ice in the Climate System--3 credits
    GEOS F406--Volcanology--3 credits
    GEOS F318--Solid Earth Geophysics--3 credits
    GEOS F431--Foundations of Geophysics--4 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--21 credits

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