Geological Sciences Programs and Requirements

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 SciencesGeophysicsGeochemistryGeological Sciences Minor

 


Geochemistry Program - B.A. 

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
4
GSCI 170
Historical Geology
4
GSCI 210
Mineralogy
3
GSCI 220
Petrology
3
GSCI 315, 320
Principles of Geochemistry and/or Isotope Geology
3-6*
GSCI 391
Geology Capstone Seminar I
1
GSCI 392
Geology Capstone Seminar II
1
CHEM 166 or 203
Chemistry I or Principles of Chemistry
3-4
CHEM 119
N/Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
2
CHEM 188 or 204Chemistry II or Principles of Chemistry II2-3
CHEM 211 or 223Organic Chemistry I or Principles of Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 213 or 224Organic Chemistry II or Principles of Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 340Modern Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 320 or 324Physical Chemistry I or Principles of Physical Chemistry3

*When both GSCI 315 and 320 are taken, 9 credits of GSCI electives are required.

 

Electives selected from the following: 9-12* credit hours

GSCI 331
Geomorphology
3
SGCI 335
Paleoclimatology
3
GSCI 341
Principles of Structural Geology
3
GSCI 347
Groundwater Hydrology
3
GSCI 351
Stratigraphy
3
GSCI 370
Advanced Mineralogy and Petrology
3
GSCI 393
Honors Thesis
3
GSCI 399
Directed Study
3

 

Related requirements: 19 credit hours

MATH 221
Calculus I
4
MATH 222
Calculus II
4
PHYS 113 or 123
General Physics or Analytical Physics I
3
PHYS 114
Physics I Laboratory
1
PHYS 115 or 125
General Physics II or Analytical Physics II
3
PHYS 116
Physics II Laboratory
1
One of the following courses in statistics:
MATH 242
R/Elements of Probability & Statistics3
MATH 262
R/Applied Statistics
3
SOCL 211
R/Statistics for Social Research
3
PSYC 250
R/Intro to Behavioral Statistics
3
 

Total hours as outlined:

  • Major department requirements (including electives): 52 hours
  • Related requirements: 19 hours
  • Total credit hours required to complete major: 71

 

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.