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 precollege 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 310  (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.

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

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 UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. 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 Library 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.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. 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.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy 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. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. 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 C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - 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.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

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, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences 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 approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

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

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 total 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 UNL 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 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 UNL 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 UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. 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 UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

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 UNL. 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 UNL 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. Be able to understand basic physical geology, historical geology, stratigraphy, and petrology and their roles in building earth materials.
  2. Be able to understand structural geology and geomorphology and their roles in landscape evolution.
  3. Be able to make accurate field observations from a variety of landscapes.
  4. Be able to 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

GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 200Mineralogy2
GEOL 201Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology2
GEOL 211Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 310Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
GEOL 410Geochemistry3
GEOL 460Summer Field Course6
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
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
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
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
General Chemistry II
Fundamental Chemistry II
Elementary Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Mechanics
Physics of Lasers and Modern Optics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours29

Bachelor of Arts

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

Core Requirements

GEOL 101Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 103Evolution of the Earth4
GEOL 200Mineralogy2
GEOL 201Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology2
GEOL 211Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 310Depositional Environments3
GEOL 400Structural Geology3
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

Chemistry
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
MATHEMATICS
Select one MATH course from the following or higher:2-5
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Credit Hours Subtotal: 2-5
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.

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

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
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

GEOL101
Dynamic Earth

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
Course Format:LEC
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.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

GEOL200
Mineralogy

Prerequisites: GEOL 101

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
Course Format:LEC

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 310; GEOL 400; GEOL 410

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL210
Earth Materials: Rocks and Minerals

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 113, or parallel; GEOL 101

Description: Crystallography and mineral optics, mineral classes, crystal chemistry, and mineral identification methods. Introduction to the petrology of common igneous and metamorphic rocks and their identification, occurence, and formation. Includes microscope techniques, field methods, and phase diagrams.

This course is a prerequisite for: GEOL 211

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL211
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Prerequisites: GEOL 210 or equivalent.

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 310; GEOL 400

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

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
Course Format:FLD
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL299
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

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
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Physical Geography

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL310
Depositional Environments

Prerequisites: GEOL 201 and GEOL 211

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL344
Introduction to Geophysics

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
Course Format:LEC

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, 106 or CHEM 109,110) 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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL400
Structural Geology

Prerequisites: GEOL 201 and 211; MATH 102 or equivalent; PHYS 141 or 141H or 211 or 211H, or parallel.

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
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL410
Geochemistry

Prerequisites: MATH 106; CHEM 109 or 113; 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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL412
Volcanology and Igneous PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 812

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

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 and 110, 113 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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 and 110 or CHEM 113 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
Course Format:LAB

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
Course Format:LEC
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL421
Carbonate PetrologyCrosslisted with GEOL 821

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 113; 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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL430
Quantitative Methods in PaleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 830

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL431
Micro-paleontologyCrosslisted with GEOL 831

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

GEOL444
GeomicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 444, BIOS 844, GEOL 844

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

Description: Lectures and discussions of primary literature regarding microorganisms and their role transforming Earth through geologic time.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL450
Surficial Processes and Landscape EvolutionCrosslisted with GEOL 850

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

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

Prerequisites: BIOS 207 and CHEM 110 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
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

GEOL460
Summer Field Course

Prerequisites: GEOL 310 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
Course Format:FLD
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

GEOL485
Fossil Fuel Geology and ExplorationCrosslisted with GEOL 885

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

GEOL495
Economic and Exploration GeologyCrosslisted with GEOL 895

Prerequisites: GEOL 310.

A required parallel course will be indicated by the instructor. Field trips which are required and supported by alumni endowment may be scheduled during semeseter 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:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

GEOL498
Special Topics in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Full titles will appear on students' transcripts.

Description: Reviews of specialized subject areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GEOL499
Independent Study in Geology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

GEOL499H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-4

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

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

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

ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 109
4hr
CHEM 109 is ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. CHEM 109 will fulfill the CDR F (Additional Breadth) requirement.

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
5hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
14 HR TERM 3
Geology CoreCritical
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

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR E: 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.
16 HR TERM 4
Geology Core
complete GEOL 211
3hr
C

Geology Core
complete GEOL 201
2hr
C

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

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

CDR E: 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
2hr
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
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
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 6
Geology Core
complete GEOL 310
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

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
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
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 7
Geology Core
complete GEOL 400
3hr
C
GEOL 400 fulfills the ACE 10 reuirement.

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

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.
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
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 third term of enrollment. It will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

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

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR E: 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.
15 HR TERM 2
Geology Core
complete GEOL 103
4hr
C
GEOL 103 will fulfill the CDR B and CDR BL requirements.

Calculus II
complete MATH 107
4hr
MATH 107 will fulfill the CDR F (Additional Breadth) requirement.

ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 109
4hr
CHEM 109 is ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed in the fourth term of enrollment.

CDR E: 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.
13 HR TERM 3
Geology CoreCritical
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
Complete PHYS 141 or PHYS 211 and 221.

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

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
16 HR TERM 4
Geology Core
complete GEOL 211
3hr
C

Geology Core
complete GEOL 201
2hr
C

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

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
16 HR TERM 5
Geology Core
complete GEOL 400
3hr
C
GEOL 400 fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

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

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
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.
15 HR TERM 6
Geology Core
complete GEOL 310
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 C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
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
Geology Core
complete GEOL 460
6hr
C
This course is to be taken during Summer Sessions after completing GEO 310 and GEOL 400.
12 HR TERM 8
Geology Core
complete GEOL 410
3hr
C

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

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.
12 HR TERM 9
Additional Geology
complete Any Geology Course at the 400 Level*
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

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. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  2. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  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