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Geology, B.A.

About the Program

The geology program offers students a variety of opportunities to investigate the materials that constitute and the processes that shape the earth. Classroom, laboratory, and field work provide a base for careers related to energy, the environment, and the exploration for and production of petroleum and mineral resources. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter these fields and/or pursue advanced study in the geosciences.

Coursework in calculus and physics is strongly recommended, particularly for students contemplating graduate study. The recommended courses, or higher, are MAT 126, MAT 127, PHY 111, and PHY 112. Each student should choose the appropriate courses by advisement, beginning with entry into the major.

Student majors are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research under faculty supervision or an internship experience. Students may find additional information about undergraduate research possibilities from faculty and by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Research Web site at

A departmental honors program also is available. Students should contact the department for additional information.

About the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department

271 Science Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6731
Fax: (716) 878-4524

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Geology 42 cr

A. Required Courses (33 cr)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 102 Historical Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
GES 300 Sedimentology
GES 301 Stratigraphy
GES 302 Invertebrate Paleontology (4)
GES 303 Mineralogy and Petrology (4)
GES 408 Structural Geology (4)

Two semesters of chemistry: CHE 111 and CHE 112 or equivalent (8)

B. Electives Selected by Advisement (9 cr)
Credit will be allowed for any course in geology (GES courses).

All College Electives 39-45 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

Academic Road Map for Geology, B.A.

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