Dec 09, 2019  
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin

Geology, B.S.

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

Three hours from:

C. Life and Physical Sciences

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

I. Component Area Option


A minimum grade of C is required in all geology courses numbered 200 or higher to receive the B.S. in geology. Students must complete CHE 133  and CHE 134 ; PHY 131  and PHY 132  or BIO 131  and 133 ; and MTH 220  and MTH 233  with all co-requisite courses before they can register for GOL 338 , GOL 364 , GOL 408 , GOL 420  and GOL 443 .

Students at SFA plan their minor program in consultation with a geology advisor. Suggested minors are chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, business, computer science, geographic information systems and geography.

4. Minor or Geology Concentration

A minor or geology concentration. An academic minor is at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 24 semester hours with at least nine advanced hours and at least six advanced at SFA.

Second Major Programs

The courses in geology required by the major in environmental sciences with environmental geology option (Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture ) or the major in geography with geology minor make it possible for the interested student to complete a second major in geology during the normal four-year period for the bachelor’s degree. Contact the Department of Geology  for advising.


Freshman Year (28-29 hours)

Sophomore Year (33 hours)

Junior Year (31 hours)


15 hours

16 hours

Summer Field Geology (6 hours)

Senior Year (21 hours)


  • Major, Minor Credit(s): 12
12 hours


  • Major, Minor Credit(s): 9
9 hours

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course (ENG 131 , ENG 132 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP).  Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program.  See TSI information  elsewhere in this bulletin.