This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide students through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between students and their academic advisors. In consultation, a student and advisor will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

The plan below reflects General Education (GE4) requirements in effect as of Fall 2019. Students who matriculated prior to that date will find the previous plan associated with their majors here. For a summary of GE4 requirements, see New Paltz General Education Requirements.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Geology

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
GLG201 Physical Geology (Natural Science Lecture)3
GLG211 Physical Geology Laboratory (Natural Science Lab)1
CHE201 General Chemistry I (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
GE3
Total14
CourseCredits
CHE202 General Chemistry II (Natural Science Lecture)3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab (Natural Science Lab)1
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM)3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST)3
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST)3
Total16

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
GLG311 Mineralogy and Crystallography4
MAT251 Calculus I (Mathematics)4
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI)3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART)3
Total17
CourseCredits
GLG202 Historical Geology (Natural Science Lab, Natural Science Lecture)4
GLG314 Petrology4
MAT252 Calculus II or MAT241 Intro to Statistics3-4
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Total14-15

Year 3

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
GLG331 Stratigraphy-Sedimentation4
PHY201 General Physics 1 (Natural Science Lecture)3
PHY211 Physics 1 Laboratory (Natural Science Lab)1
Recommended courses - Note 14
Recommended courses - Note 14
Total16
CourseCredits
GLG303 Geomorphology or GLG305 Paleontology4
PHY202 Gen. Physics II or PHY222 Fund. Physics II3
PHY212 Gen. Physics II Lab or PHY232 Fund. Physics II Lab1
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD)3
Elective3-4
Total14-15

Year 4

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
GLG405 Structure and Tectonics (WI)4
GLG435 Field Geology4
Upper-division elective4
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR)3
Total15
CourseCredits
GLG407 Hydrogeology4
GLG492 Research in Geology (recommended elective)3
Upper-division electives8
Total15

Notes

Recommended Courses: BIO201 and BIO211 Gen. Biology I & Lab, BIO202 and BIO212 Gen. Biology II & Lab, CPS210 Computer Science I: Foundations, GEO383 Intro to Geographic Information Systems

Total Credits: 121-123