Description

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers both the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts degrees in geology. The bachelor of science program is designed for those who expect to continue in graduate work and become professional geoscientists. Undergraduate training in geology is also beneficial in many other fields such as teaching at the pre-college level, urban planning, law, civil engineering, environmental studies, and museum work. Students preparing for these or similar areas are advised to take the bachelor of arts program, which is strong in fundamental geology but does not emphasize the ancillary courses required for admission to many graduate programs.

Field Trips

Many of the geology courses require field trips that typically include camping and primitive conditions. The number of trips and their duration are a function of the requirements of the particular course. Students seeking information or accommodation should contact the course instructor.
 

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to maintain and submit a portfolio of material produced for the required Summer Field Course, GEOL 460  (for BS students), or for the required Depositional Environments course, GEOL 301 (for BA students). Course instructors will inform students of the required contents, deadlines, and procedures. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1: Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, and physics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Scientific Base - BS Only

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No University of Nebraska–Lincoln C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by the College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of geology will be able to:

  1. Understand basic physical geology, historical geology, stratigraphy, and petrology and their roles in building earth materials.
  2. Understand structural geology and geomorphology and their roles in landscape evolution.
  3. Make accurate field observations from a variety of landscapes.
  4. Present geological data and results as coherent written and oral reports.

Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science

The BS is recommended as a minimum program for the pre-professional geologist. All candidates for this degree are required to attend a field camp.

Core Requirements

Required Courses
GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 200Mineralogy2
GEOL 201Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology2
GEOL 300Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 301Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
GEOL 410Geochemistry3
GEOL 460Summer Field Course6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 30
Total Credit Hours30

Specific Major Requirements

Additional Geology Courses 1 2
Select 12 hours of additional GEOL courses at the 200 level or above, with at least one course at the 400 level. 12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Ancillary Requirements

Mathematics
MATH 106Calculus I5
MATH 107Calculus II4
Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Physics
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Additional Science Courses
Select an additional 6 hours from the following:6
Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
General Genetics
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Fundamental Chemistry II
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Mechanics
Physics of Lasers and Modern Optics
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours29

Bachelor of Arts

Thirty (30) hours of geology courses, plus required chemistry and math.

Core Requirements

Required Courses
GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 200Mineralogy2
GEOL 201Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology2
GEOL 300Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 301Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Total Credit Hours21

Specific Major Requirements

Additional Geology Courses 1
Select 9 hours of additional GEOL courses, with no more than 4 hours at the 100 level.9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours9

Ancillary Requirements

Chemistry4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
MATHEMATICS2-5
Select one MATH course from the following depending on your placement exam score:
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus I
Total Credit Hours6-9

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor, including ancillary courses.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or the minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Twenty-two (22) hours of geology courses with no more than 8 hours at the 100 level.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or the minor.

GEOL100
Introduction to Geology

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of GEOL 100 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H. 100 does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for any course in geology.

Description: Background in physical geology for non-majors. Topics include rocks and minerals, surficial processes, plate tectonics, and applied geology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL101
Dynamic Earth

Lab includes field trips. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of GEOL 100 or GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H.

Description: Minerals, rocks, and ores; the surface features and internal character of the earth and the forces that are constantly changing it. Examination of minerals and rocks and investigation of geological processes and their products.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL101H
Honors: Physical Geology

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; GEOL major.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: GEOL 100 or 101 or 101H.One afternoon field trip and one overnight field trip required.

Description: Processes that formed the earth and continue to alter it today, from interior forces driving plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building, to surface processes driving the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, glaciers, and landscape formation. Natural resources and their origin.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOG 308, GEOL 308, NRES 308; GEOL 103; GEOL 103H; GEOL 200; GEOL 260; METR 270

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL103
Evolution of the Earth

Prerequisites: GEOL 101

Description: Physical and biological evolution of the earth. Lab work includes examination of ancient geological terrains through maps and fossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL103H
Honors: Historical Geology

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors program or by invitation; GEOL 101.

Description: Physical and biological evolution of the earth. Lab work includes examination of ancient geological terrains through maps and fossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL105
Fossils and the History of Life

Description: Introduction to the history of life based on the fossil record, evolutionary patterns, and processes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL106
Environmental Geology

Description: Survey of geologic materials and processes with emphasis on those that influence modern societies' adjustment to our environment.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 372

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL107
Frontiers of Earth Science

Description: Series of three five-week sessions, each dealing with a geologic topic of current interest and concern. Topics vary from term to term and are listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

GEOL109
Oceanography

Description: Introduction to physical oceanography, the geologic aspects of biologic oceanography, and human impact on the oceans.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL110
Deadly Planet

Description: Major geological natural hazards that affect human society and the geological processes that are responsible for them, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and meteorite impacts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL115
The Earth's Energy Resources

Description: The geological controls on the occurrence and distribution of important and potentially important energy resources. The environment and economic implications of energy resources exploration, development, and production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL117
Life in the UniverseCrosslisted with ASTR 117, BIOS 117

Description: Survey of what modern science tells us about the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. Topics include how the Earth formed and became suitable for life, how life arose on the Earth, the conditions under which life can thrive, places in the solar system that might support life, the existence of other solar systems that might provide suitable habitats, and attempts to find evidence of life on other planets.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL120
Geology of National Parks and Monuments

Description: Physical and historical geology of selected United States parklands. Geological and geophysical processes that produced the unique features of the parks. Interpretation of fossils, archaeology and geologic history. Environmental park policy issues involving geosciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL125
Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences

Description: Scientific exploration of the modern environment and geological and climate history of the Antarctic continent and Southern Ocean.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 4 Science

GEOL130
The Solar System

Description: Geological survey of the Earth's solar system and evolution of planetary systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL197
Geoscience Fundamentals in the Field

GEOL 197 requires a field trip

Description: Scientific principles and practices illustrated through geological field work in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

GEOL200
Mineralogy

Prerequisites: GEOL 101; MATH 102, 103, or a qualifying MPE score for 106; CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L.

Description: Crystallography and mineral optics, mineral classes, crystal chemistry, and mineral identification methods. Includes microscope techniques and field methods.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 201

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL201
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Prerequisites: GEOL 200

Description: Introduction to the petrology of common igneous and metamorphic rocks and their identification, occurrence, and formation. Includes microscope techniques, analytical methods, and phase diagrams.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 300; GEOL 400; GEOL 410

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL260
Geology of the Western USA

Prerequisites: GEOL 101

Description: Learn to identify rock types and sedimentary and structural features in the field in the Western United States. Build crucial field skills including the ability to tell a geologic story from a landscape or outcrop.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL291
Special Topics in Geology

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

GEOL296
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent study under direction of a faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

GEOL300
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Prerequisites: GEOL 201

Description: Sedimentary rocks and processes, their descriptive parameters, occurrence, origin, and significance in earth history. Stratified rocks in time and space, and methods of correlating geologic units from different localities.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 301; GEOL 400

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL301
Depositional Environments

Prerequisites: GEOL 300

Description: Sedimentological facies analysis and recognition of clastic, carbonate, and evaporite depositional systems in the rock record.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 460

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL308
BiogeographyCrosslisted with GEOG 308, NRES 308

Prerequisites: GEOG 155 or BIOS 101 and 101L or GEOL 101.

Biogeography is a highly interdisciplinary science, relying heavily on ecology, geological science, and climatology. It is global in scope and offers the latest knowledge in understanding organism distributions, and the factors that determine those distributions.

Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted with AGRO 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361

Prerequisites: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105 or CHEM 105A and 105L, CHEM 106 or CHEM 106A and 106L, CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L, CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281

Description: Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGRO 458, AGRO 858, NRES 458, NRES 858, SOIL 458

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL372
Water & Earth Connections

Prerequisites: GEOL 101, or GEOL 106, or METR 100, and MATH 106, or instructor permission

Description: Quantitative understanding of water-related processes in the earth sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL400
Structural Geology

Prerequisites: GEOL 201; GEOL 300 or parallel; PHYS 141 or 211.

Description: Folding and faulting of rocks, types of texture and rock structure, cleavage, joints, dikes, and unconformaties; structural interpretation of geologic maps; plate tectonics, mountain belts, and regional structures.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 460

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL410
Geochemistry

Prerequisites: MATH 106; GEOL 201.

Description: Age of the Earth. Origin of the elements, solar system, oceans, atmosphere, and global geochemical cycles. Radioactive isotope geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, and equilibrium relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL412
Volcanology and Igneous PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 812

Prerequisites: GEOL 201; and either CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L or CHEM 113 or CHEM 113A and 113L

Description: The study of igneous systems, including an investigation of volcanic processes, mineral equilibria, petrography, and the geochemistry of magmas and minerals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL415
Geochemical ThermodynamicsCrosslisted with GEOL 815

Prerequisites: MATH 107, GEOL 201

Description: Exploration of the fundamentals of geochemistry from thermodynamics, including the laws of thermodynamics, multicomponent analysis, extrapolation to temperatures and pressures of interest, nonideal solution behavior, phase diagrams, volatile fugacities, and redox reactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL417
Organic GeochemistryCrosslisted with GEOL 817

Prerequisites: GEOL 410 and CHEM 251.

Description: Origin, preservation and transport of organic compounds found in the rock record. Applications of organic geochemistry to paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental interpretations as well as discerning the origins of coal, oil and natural gas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL418
Chemistry of Natural WatersCrosslisted with GEOL 818, NRES 419, NRES 819, WATS 418

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 109A/L and 110 or 110A/L, 113 or 113A/L and 114, or CHEM 111.

Description: Principles of water chemistry and their use in precipitation, surface water, and groundwater studies. Groundwater applications used to determine the time and source of groundwater recharge, estimate groundwater residence time, identify aquifer mineralogy, examine the degree of mixing between waters of various sources and evaluate what types of biological and chemical processes have occurred during the water's journey through the aquifer system.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 418L, GEOL 818L, NRES 419L, NRES 819L, WATS 418L; GEOL 917, NRES 917

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL418L
Chemistry of Natural Waters LaboratoryCrosslisted with GEOL 818L, NRES 419L, NRES 819L, WATS 418L

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L and CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L or CHEM 113 or CHEM 113A and 113L and 114; GEOL 418 or parallel.

Description: Basic laboratory techniques used to perform water analysis including various wet chemical techniques, instrument use (AA, IC, UV-Visible) and computer modeling. Techniques for sample collection and preservation, parameter estimation and chemical analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL419
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with AGRO 419, GEOG 419, NRES 420, AGRO 819, GEOG 819, GEOL 819, NRES 820

GEOG 418/NRES 418 recommended

Description: Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL421
Carbonate PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 821

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

Lab focuses on field, petrographic and geochemical methods.

Description: Depositional settings and processes, petrography, geochemistry, diagenesis and geological significance of modern and ancient carbonate rocks and sediments.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL423
Quaternary Paleoclimatology and PaleoecologyCrosslisted with BIOS 423, BIOS 823, GEOL 823

Prerequisites: 12 hrs GEOL or BIOS.

Description: Analysis and interpretation of the Quaternary period's paleoecological data. Patterns of long-term climate variation. Distribution patterns and responses of organisms and ecosystems to Quaternary environmental change.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL424
Biogeochemical CyclesCrosslisted with BIOS 424, BIOS 824, GEOL 824

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or CHEM 109A and 109L or CHEM 113 or CHEM 113A and 113L; 12 hrs GEOL or BIOS.

Description: Chemical cycling at or near the earth's surface, emphasizing interactions among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. Modern processes, the geological record, and human impacts on elemental cycles.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL430
Quantitative Methods in PaleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 830

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

Description: Numerical and statistical analysis of paleontological data including biometry, syn-ecology, and quantitative biostratigraphy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL431
Micro-paleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 831

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

Description: Morphology, classification, ecology and geological application of common fossil and extant marine, brackish, and freshwater microfossils.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL435
Vertebrate PaleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 835

Prerequisites: Permission or graduate standing.

Description: Survey of the evolution of the vertebrates, including the geological and biological factors that influence the pattern of evolution, and laboratory study of fossil materials of the major vertebrate groups.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL436
Evolution of Cenozoic MammalsCrosslisted with GEOL 836, NRES 436, NRES 836

Prerequisites: GEOL 103

Description: Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation, and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozoic fossil mammals. Overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 935

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL440
TectonicsCrosslisted with GEOL 840

Prerequisites: GEOL 400.

Description: Theory of plate tectonics; tectonic controls on rock assemblages; interpretation of regional structure and tectonic history; origin and tectonic evolution of terrestrial planets.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL441
GeophysicsCrosslisted with GEOL 841

Prerequisites: PHYS 142 or PHYS 212

Description: Geophysical techniques to study the Earth: seismology, gravity, magnetics and heat flow.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL442
Environmental Geophysics ICrosslisted with GEOL 842

Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 211; GEOL 101 or 106; or equivalent/permission.

Description: Introduction to the principles of seismic, ground-penetrating radar, and bore-hole geophysical methods and their application to groundwater, engineering, environmental, and archaeological investigations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL443
Environmental Geophysics IICrosslisted with GEOL 843

Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 211; GEOL 101 or 106.

Description: Introduction to principles of magnetic, electromagnetic, resistivity, and gravity methods and their application to ground water, engineering, environmental, and archaeological investigations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL444
Earth and Environmental MicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 444, BIOS 844, GEOL 844

Prerequisites: 3 hours of BIOS or 3 hours of LIFE; 3 hours of CHEM

Description: An introduction into the role that microorganisms play and have played in natural and man-made environments. Topics covered include microbial diversity and physiology in soil, sediment, and water; microbes in Earth history; biogeochemical cycling; mineral formation and dissolution; biodegradation and bioremediation; biotechnology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL445
Advanced GeophysicsCrosslisted with GEOL 845

Prerequisites: GEOL 344

Description: Integrative analysis of geophysical data (gravity, magnetics, seismic) with geological information (well logs, tectonic history, etc.)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL446
Exploration GeophysicsCrosslisted with GEOL 846

Prerequisites: GEOL 485

Description: Geophysical methods used for petroleum exploration: potential fields, seismology, electrical and electromagnetic surveying.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL450
Surficial Processes and Landscape EvolutionCrosslisted with GEOL 850

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

Description: Fluvial, glacial, eolian, and coastal processes and landforms. Roles of tectonics, climate, and climate change in landscape evolution. Lab stresses description and interpretation of landforms from remotely-sensed, cartographic, and field data.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 465, GEOL 865, NRES 465, NRES 865

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL451
Invertebrate PaleobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 451, BIOS 851, GEOL 851

Prerequisites: At least one of: GEOL 103, GEOL 105, LIFE 121

Description: Overview of the key traits, relationships and evolutionary dynamics of invertebrate animals over Earth's history, particularly over the Phanerozoic (i.e., the last 540 million years). Emphasis on the use of invertebrate fossil record to test ideas about long term evolutionary patterns as well as learning the histories and basic anatomies of major invertebrate taxa.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL453
GIS in Earth and Atmospheric SciencesCrosslisted with GEOL 853, METR 453, METR 853

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing; and one of the following: GEOL 100 or 101, or METR 100

Description: Basic concepts of GIS, hands-on experience with various case studies from geology, meteorology, climatology and environmental applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL457
Ecosystem EcologyCrosslisted with BIOS 457, BIOS 857, GEOL 857

Prerequisites: BIOS 207 and CHEM 110 or CHEM 110A and 110L and Senior standing

Description: Processes controlling the cycling of energy and elements in ecosystems and how both plant and animal species influence them. Human-influenced global and local changes that alter these cycles and ecosystem functioning.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 954, NRES 954

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL460
Summer Field Course

Prerequisites: GEOL 301 and GEOL 400.

Students must sign up with the department during the Fall semester prior to the camp.

Description: Six weeks advanced study of selected field problems. Conducted in a geologically classic area where all major rock types are studied in a variety of geologic situations.

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SUMMER
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:6

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL461

Prerequisites: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.

Description: Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 955, AGRO 955, CIVE 955, GEOL 985

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL465
Soil Geomorphology and PaleopedologyCrosslisted with GEOL 865, NRES 465, NRES 865

Prerequisites: GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877.

Description: Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL470
Field Techniques in HydrogeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 870

Prerequisites: GEOL 488/888.

Description: Basic techniques, field procedures, instruments, and software for data interpretation, and characterization of groundwater flow and contaminant transport.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL472
Water in GeosciencesCrosslisted with GEOL 872

Prerequisites: MATH 106 and 107; PHYS 141; and one of the following: GEOL 101 or 106 or METR 100.

Description: Quantitative approach to water in geological media, earth surface and atmosphere. Understanding and analysis of physical processes involved in groundwater-surface-atmosphere interactions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Capstone course.

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL480
Economic Geology of the MetalsCrosslisted with GEOL 880

Prerequisites: GEOL 400; CHEM 114, 221.

Description: Occurrence and utilization of the metallic ores. Elementary theory of ore genesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL484
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted with AGRO 484, GEOG 484, NRES 484, WATS 484, NRES 884, AGRO 884, GEOG 884, GEOL 884, WATS 884

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing

Description: Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL485
Fossil Fuel Geology and ExplorationCrosslisted with GEOL 885

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

Description: Geology of coal, oil and gas, and methods of exploration.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL488
Groundwater GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 888, NRES 488, NRES 888

Prerequisites: GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent.

Description: Occurence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL491
Special Topics in Geology

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

GEOL496
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent study under direction of a faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

GEOL497
Economic and Exploration GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 897

Prerequisites: GEOL 301.

A required parallel course will be indicated by the instructor. Field trips which are required and supported by alumni endowment may be scheduled during semester breaks. Course content will vary on a 3-year rotational basis. Combined lectures, seminars, weekend short courses, and field trips.

Description: E.F. Schramm Course in Economic Geology. Aspects of fossil fuel geology and exploration.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL499
Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent research leading to a thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

GEOL499H
Honors Undergraduate Thesis

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Independent research leading to a thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Geology (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
14 HR TERM 1
Mathematics
complete either MATH 102 or MATH 103
5hr
C
Per your Math Placement Exam, complete MATH 102, 103, or 106.

GEOL 101 Core Course
complete GEOL 101
4hr
C
GEOL 101 will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 2
GEOL 103 Core Course
complete GEOL 103
4hr
C
GEOL 103 will fulfill the CDR Science/Math and CDR Lab requirements.

ChemistryCritical
4hr
C
CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L are ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 3
GEOL 200 Core CourseCritical
complete GEOL 200
2hr
C
GEOL 200 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

CDR: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 4
GEOL 201 Core Course
complete GEOL 201
2hr
C

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
GEOL 300 Core Course
complete GEOL 300
3hr
C

Geology Course
complete Any Geology Course*
3hr
C
Only 4 hours of 100 level GEOL will count towards the Additional Geology requirement.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
16 HR TERM 6
GEOL 301 Core Course
complete GEOL 301
3hr
C

Geology Course
complete Any Geology Course*
3hr
C
Only 4 hours of 100 level GEOL will count towards the Additional Geology requirement.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
7hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement. PHYS 141 or PHYS 211 is recommended this semester to meet the GEOL 400 prerequisite.
15 HR TERM 7
GEOL 400 Capstone
complete GEOL 400
3hr
C
GEOL 400 fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

CDR: Social Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

CDR: Humanities
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Geology Course
complete Any Geology Course*
3hr
C
Only 4 hours of 100 level GEOL will count towards the Additional Geology requirement.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
9hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.


Geology (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
Calculus ICritical
complete MATH 106
5hr
C
MATH 106 is ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment. It will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

GEOL 101 Core Course
complete GEOL 101
4hr
C
GEOL 101 will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
15 HR TERM 2
GEOL 103 Core Course
complete GEOL 103
4hr
C
GEOL 103 will fulfill the CDR Science/Math and CDR Lab requirements.

Calculus II
complete MATH 107
4hr
C

ChemistryCritical
4hr
C
CHEM 109A and CHEM 109L are ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed in the second term of enrollment.

CDR: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR Language is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 3
GEOL 200 Core CourseCritical
complete GEOL 200
2hr
C
GEOL 200 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

Physics
complete PHYS 141
5hr
C
Complete PHYS 141 or PHYS 211 and 221.

CDR: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 4
GEOL 201 Core Course
complete GEOL 201
2hr
C

Physics
complete PHYS 142
5hr
C
Complete PHYS 142 or PHYS 212 and 222

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr

CDR: Diversity in the US
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course related to Diversity in U.S. Communities. See degree audit for choices. This requirement is permitted to overlap with CDR Humanities or CDR Social Science.

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 5
GEOL 300 Core Course
complete GEOL 300
3hr
C

GEOL 400 Core Course
complete GEOL 400
3hr
C
GEOL 400 fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

Additional Science

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
1hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 6
GEOL 301 Core Course
complete GEOL 301
3hr
C

Additional Geology
complete 1 from Any Geology Course at the 200 Level*, Any Geology Course at the 300 Level*, Any Geology Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

Additional Science

CDR: Humanities
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr
6 HR TERM 7
GEOL 460 Core Course
complete GEOL 460
6hr
C
This course is to be taken during Summer Sessions after completing GEO 301 and GEOL 400.
15 HR TERM 8
Additional Geology
complete 2 from Any Geology Course at the 200 Level*, Any Geology Course at the 300 Level*, Any Geology Course at the 400 Level*
6hr
C

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR: Social Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
12 HR TERM 9
GEOL 410 Core Course
complete GEOL 410
3hr
C

Additional Geology
complete Any Geology Course at the 400 Level*
3hr
C

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific information
  • Use quantitative analysis techniques
  • Analyze and explain data
  • Understand and operate within ethical framework for professional work in the field
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in research activities
  • Communicate results of scientific experiments to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
  • Understand and use proper laboratory and technical skills and instruments
  • Understand and utilize a variety of research methodologies
  • Conduct and present research to large and small groups

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Geologist, Marathon Oil Company - Houston TX
  • Well Site Geologist, Columbine Logging - Denver CO
  • Hydrogeologist, United States Geologic Survey - Northborough MA
  • Geotechnician, Whiting Petroleum Corporation - Denver CO
  • Researcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Geologist, GSI Engineering - Grand Island NE
  • Geologist, GSI Engineering - Grand Island NE
  • Mud-logger, Selman and Associates - Midland TX
  • Geologist, Fulbright - La Plata BA
  • Geologist, NioCorp - NE

Internships

  • Geologist, Shell Inc. - Houston TX
  • Integrated Water Management Specialist Assistant, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Student Intern - Hydrology, United States Geological Survey - Lincoln NE
  • Geology Intern, Twin Rivers Testing & Environmental - North Platte NE
  • Integrated Water Management Technical Assistant, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Integrated Water Management Intern, State of Nebraska Department of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Master's Degree, Geology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Geosciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology - Pasadena CA
  • Master's Degree, Hydrogeology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Geology, University of Missouri-Columbia - Columbia MO
  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Michigan - MI
  • Master's Degree, Geology, University of Kansas - Lawrence KS
  • Master's Degree, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology - Pasadena CA
  • Master's Degree, Geology, University of Arizona - Tucson AZ