May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Geology Composite - Professional Emphasis, B.S.



The geology faculty strive to provide students at Southern Utah University with excellence in earth science education. Our integrated efforts are directed toward those methods we feel produce the best possible educational experience. The primary goal of the geology faculty is to ensure academic excellence while demanding integrity and building self-esteem in our students. Specifically, our mission is to foster a positive learning environment which serves a variety of needs including:

  1. Preparation of students who choose to pursue graduate studies in geology;
  2. Preparation of students to directly enter the work force;
  3. Preparation of students who choose to pursue careers in areas other than science (i.e. business or law), but need a broadly based background in geology as a foundation for those pursuits;
  4. Preparation of students who choose a career in earth science education; and
  5. Preparation of students choosing physical science general education courses to be more knowledgeable citizens by providing a quality educational experience. The geology area carries out its role through application of, and involvement with, the basic principles of science and by instilling understanding and appreciation of scientific methodologies.

Admission to Geology Program

The objective of requiring admission to the Geology Program is to ensure preparedness for upper-division geology courses. A secondary purpose is to facilitate tracking and advising of majors. The requirements for attaining advanced standing in geology are as follows:

  1. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in each course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course.
  3. Complete each of the following or its equivalent:
    1. Physical Geology (GEO 1110 ) and Physical Geology Lab (GEO 1115 ); Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1210 ) and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (CHEM 1215 ); College Algebra (MATH 1050 ); and Trigonometry (MATH 1060 ).
  4. No pre-geology students may enroll in courses with numbers greater than 2999 without formally declaring themselves geology majors and completing the above courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
    1. The College of Science and Engineering advisors will ensure that this requirement has been met.
    2. Non-geology majors or minors may take upper division geology courses only with permission of the instructors.


General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 17 credits (must take MATH 1210  **)
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Geology Requirements - Professional Emphasis (79 Credits)

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120


1) Credits greater than 10 years old will not be accepted for this degree.
2) 2) A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in each course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course.

* Courses are taught every other year. Consult your advisor.

**If you are not prepared for this math course, please see your advisor for alternate recommendations.