With the option of pursuing a B.A. in Geology, Geochemistry, or Geophysics, students at SUNY Geneseo are exposed to challenging and rewarding curriculum taught by accomplished faculty with a broad range of expertise. Alums of the SUNY Geneseo Department of Geological Sciences have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at Stanford, Scripps, Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona, among others, and to become recognized leaders in their field of geoscience. Click the tabs below to navigate through the Geological Sciences programs at Geneseo.
|Geological Sciences||Geophysics||Geochemistry||Geological Sciences Minor|
Dr. Dori Farthing, Coordinator (ISC 250)
This program provides a background in Geological Sciences and Chemistry as well as related areas such as Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The synthesis of these interrelated disciplines will prepare the student for graduate–level study and a professional career in geochemistry or related fields. This curriculum is taught by faculty of the departments of Geological Sciences and Chemistry.
Basic major requirements: 40-45* credit hours
GSCI 160, 161
Physical Geology and N/Physical Geology Lab
GSCI 315, 320
Principles of Geochemistry and/or Isotope Geology
Geology Capstone Seminar I
Geology Capstone Seminar II
CHEM 166 or 203
Chemistry I or Principles of Chemistry
N/Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
|CHEM 188 or 204||Chemistry II or Principles of Chemistry II||2-3|
|CHEM 211 or 223||Organic Chemistry I or Principles of Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 216||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||2|
|CHEM 213 or 224||Organic Chemistry II or Principles of Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 340||Modern Analytical Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 320 or 324||Physical Chemistry I or Principles of Physical Chemistry||3|
*When both GSCI 315 and 320 are taken, 9 credits of GSCI electives are required.
Electives selected from the following: 9-12* credit hours
Principles of Structural Geology
Advanced Mineralogy and Petrology
Related requirements: 19 credit hours
PHYS 113 or 123
General Physics or Analytical Physics I
Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 115 or 125
General Physics II or Analytical Physics II
Physics II Laboratory
|One of the following courses in statistics:|
|R/Elements of Probability & Statistics||3|
R/Statistics for Social Research
R/Intro to Behavioral Statistics
Total hours as outlined:
Minimum Competence Requirement
A grade of C– or better is required for each of the following courses: GSCI 160, 161, 170, 210, 220, 315/320, and 391; CHEM 166/203, 119, 188/204, 125, 211/223, 216 and 213/224.
Department Writing Requirement
Students in Geochemistry will satisfy the writing requirement of either the department of Geological Sciences or Chemistry. The determination will be made by Dr. Sheldon, the program coordinator, and/or advisor upon review of student’s course selection. Students must consult with their advisor to ensure that they meet the college’s writing requirement.