Ohio Wesleyan offers two majors in Geology and one in Earth Science. Geology is the science of the Earth and Earth-like planets, focusing on the investigation and understanding of natural processes within and on the planet, and the materials, structure, and history of Earth. The professional geology major provides a strong foundation for professional work and graduate study in geology and related fields such as hydrogeology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, and environmental science. Careers in geology are numerous, with potential employers including federal and state geological surveys and other governmental agencies, the energy and minerals industries, and engineering and consulting firms concerned with water and other resources, environmental hazards, waste management, and construction projects. Geology is also an excellent liberal arts major, expanding ones understanding and appreciation of our living environment. The general geology major provides a strong base for subsequent study of, for example, law, economics, or environmental policy studies. The Earth Science major provides training specifically for the pursuit of a career in teaching at the secondary level.
Requirements for Geology Majors
Professional Geology Sequence: This major prepares students to do professional work or to attend graduate school in geology or related fields (e.g., geochemistry, geophysics, environmental geology). Course requirements are based on graduate school and industry requirements, and conform to the American Institute of Professional Geologists recommendations for the undergraduate geology major.
Geology majors are encouraged to take a summer field course at another college or university chosen in consultation with members of the geology faculty. Majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in research or an apprenticeship.
Geology majors are encouraged to take a summer field course at another college or university chosen in consultation with members of the geology faculty.
Majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in research or an apprenticeship.Geology majors are encouraged to take a summer field course at another college or university chosen in consultation with members of the geology faculty. Majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in research or an apprenticeship.
General Geology Sequence: This major is for those students interested in geology as a course of study, but who do not intend to become professional geologists. In combination with courses in the social sciences (e.g., economics, geography, or politics and government), the general major is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers (e.g., environmental law, or legal, financial, or administrative positions in the mineral resource, energy, and environmental industries). If students subsequently decide to attend graduate school in geology, they will need to take courses in chemistry, math, and physics, but will have the geology courses necessary for admittance to graduate departments.
Earth Science Major: This major meets the State of Ohio requirements for Earth Sciences Licensure, to teach Earth Sciences in grades 7-12.
Three courses minimum, chosen as follows:
Three courses minimum, chosen as follows:
One additional upper level course:
See Education for courses required in that department.
Upon declaring a geology or Earth Science major, students must meet with one of the geology faculty members to plan their program, and submit the plan to the Chair of the department..
Owing to Geography, a social science, and Geology, a natural science, being housed in the one department, students who double major in Geology and Geography may exceed the 17 course limit within one department.
Students majoring or minoring in geology are not permitted to take courses required for the major or minor, credit/no entry.
All geology courses below the 490 level meet the natural science distribution requirement (Group II).
In years containing faculty sabbaticals, courses may be offered during the opposite semester to that listed.
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