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School of Science & Engineering: Geological Sciences > Major

Major in Geology

Track I – General Geology (59-61 credits)

Geology core..................................................27 credits
GLG201 Physical Geology (3)
GLG211 Physical Geology Lab (1)
GLG301 Historical Geology (4)
GLG311 Mineralogy-Crystallography (4)
GLG313 Optical Mineralogy (3)
GLG314 Petrology (4)
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation (4)
GLG405 Structure and Tectonics (4)

Geological science courses............................9-10 credits
GLG481 Field Excursion (2)
GLG305 Paleontology (4) or GLG407 Hydrogeology (4)
One 400-level or above Geology course by advisement (3-4)

Cognate courses..............................................23-24 credits
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3)
CHE211 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry II (3)
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
PHY201 General Physics I (3) and PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)

One of the following by advisement:
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

One of the following by advisement:
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (3) and PHY232 Fundamental Physics II Lab (1)

Recommended courses:
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)
CPS210 Computer Science I: Foundations (4)
GEO383 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)

It is recommended that students who plan to do graduate or professional work in geology take a six-week field geology camp in the summer following their final semester at New Paltz.


Track II – Environmental Geoscience (60-61 credits)

Geology core..................................................27 credits
GLG201 Physical Geology (3)
GLG211 Physical Geology Lab (1)
GLG301 Historical Geology (4)
GLG311 Mineralogy and Crystallography (4)
GLG313 Optical Mineralogy (3)
GLG314 Petrology (4)
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation (4)
GLG405 Structure and Tectonics (4)

Geological science courses...........................10 credits
GLG339 Natural Resources and Energy (3)
GLG346 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
GLG407 Hydrogeology (4)

Cognate courses.............................................23-24 credits
CHE201 General Chemistry I (3)
CHE211 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHE202 General Chemistry II (3)
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
PHY201 General Physics I (3)
PHY211 Physics I Lab (1)

One of the following by advisement:
MAT241 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)

One of the following by advisement:
PHY202 General Physics II (3) and PHY212 General Physics II Lab (1)
PHY222 Fundamental Physics II (3) and PHY232 Fundamental Physics II Lab (1)

Recommended courses:
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)
CPS210 Computer Science I: Foundations (4)
GEO383 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)