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Geology Department

Education Programs

» Secondary Education Earth Science
» Elementary Education Earth Science

Our department offers majors in Secondary Education Earth Science and Elementary Education Earth Science in conjunction with the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education in the School of Education. The following are the Earth Science components of those majors only, please refer to the School of Education for information on applying to the programs and for additional course requirements.

Physical Geology (GLG220) provides an introduction to the geological sciences and is recommended for entering freshmen. Historical Geology (GLG301) should be taken in the following semester. General Chemistry I (CHM201) and Calculus I (MAT251, if required) should also be taken in the freshman year if possible. A Math Placement Level of 5 (MPL5) is a prerequisite for these majors. This can be met by passing Pre-Calculus (MAT181) with a C- or better. Students accepted into a program with a lower MPL must meet this requirement prior to graduation.

Only one grade below C- will be allowed to count toward the major requirements, all other grades must be C- or better. This exception is made so a D grade in the final semester will not prevent graduation. If D grade is received before the final semester it is recommended that the course be repeated.

Transfer students should complete as many of the cognate courses as possible before entering SUNY New Paltz. Ideally one year each of college level chemistry, physics, and calculus should be completed in addition to a one year laboratory sequence in geology (equivalent to Physical Geology and Historical Geology). Additional courses in astronomy and meteorology are highly recommended.

This information is provided as a resource for students to aid in selecting a major or degree track. Students should, however, obtain a current plan of study form and consult with the department chair or advisor before selecting a program or enrolling in coursework.

 


Secondary Education Earth Science (60-61 credits)

Geology Core (27 credits)
GLG220 Physical Geology (4)
GLG301 Historical Geology (4)
GLG311 Mineralogy-Crystallography (4)
GLG313 Optical Mineralogy (3)
GLG314 Petrology (4)
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation (4)
GLG338/GLG405 Structure and Tectonics (4)

Earth Science Courses (14 credits)
GLG120 Weather and the Environment (4)
One of the following:
GLG305 Paleontology (4)
GLG407 Hydrogeology (4)
One of the following:
GLG339 Natural Resources and Energy (3)
GLG346 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
One of the following:
PHY205 Exploring the Solar System (3)
PHY206 Exploring the Universe (3)

Cognate Courses (23-24 credits)
CHM201 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHM211 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1)
CHM202 General Chemistry 2 (3)
CHM212 General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
PHY202 General Physics 1 (4)
One of the following by advisement:
PHY202 General Physics 2 (4)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics 2 (4)

Recommended Courses
BIO201 General Biology 1 (4)
BIO202 General Biology 2 (4)
GEO383 Introduction to GIS (3)

 


Elementary Education Earth Science (34-35 credits)

Earth Science Courses (27-28 credits)
GLG120 Weather and Environment (4)
GLG220 Physical Geology (4)
GLG301 Historical Geology (4)
GLG305 Paleontology (4)
GLG311 Mineralogy-Crystallography (4)
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation (4)
One 300 or above level Geology course by advisement:
GLG339 Natural Resources and Energy (3)
GLG3xx (3-4)

Cognate Courses (7 credits)
CHM201 General Chemistry I (4)
One of the following:
PHY205 Exploring the Solar System (3)
PHY206 Exploring the Universe (3)