Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Geological Sciences BS - Program Requirements


126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3050
Marcus Bursik
Jason Briner
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Completing the Geological Sciences BS Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C in GLY 101 OR GLY 102.

Academic Advice

To graduate, minimum GPA of 2.3 in all courses required for the degree.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Department of Geology has articulation agreements with several colleges in the region. Students should consult with the advisement office at their present college for more details. To request a transfer of credit for a geology course not listed at either advisement office, submit a request to the director of undergraduate studies along with a course description from the college catalog and a course syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change and GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future.

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 215 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
GLY 305 Mineralogy
GLY 306 Petrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structural Geology/Global Tectonics
GLY 407 Geological Field Training (minimum GPA of 2.0 in geology courses required to attend this required summer field camp)
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 102 College Physics II
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
Six credits of 400-level GLY courses (not GLY 493, GLY 497, GLY 498 or GLY 499)

Departmental Honors Requirements

Requirements for an honors in Geology distinction include maintenance of a 3.25 GPA, two consecutive semesters of independent study, and final approval of a senior research experience that will conclude with a capstone product, as well as the usual departmental BS degree requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major 71
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 18
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting UB Curriculum, prerequisite or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Geological Sciences BS Curricular Plan (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Writing, mathematics and foreign language courses are subject to placement. Alternate exam credit or transfer credits may change placement.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:58:40 AM