Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Geological Sciences BA/MA - Program Requirements


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

Completing the Geological Sciences BA/MA Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses required for the major.
Completion of the prerequisite courses.
Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.

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

Any two of the following: GLY 215, GLY 305, GLY 312, GLY 325.
Any 3 of the following: GLY 305, GLY 306, GLY 312, GLY 325, GLY 326

Required Courses

GLY 101 Natural Hazards OR GLY 102 Climate Change
GLY 105 Lab Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present & Future
GLY 205 Earth Materials
GLY 206 Geological Mapping Techniques
GLY 308 Introduction to Geochemistry
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
GLY 315 Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
PHY 101 College Physics I
PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
GLY 325 Geophysics
GLY 326 Structural Geology and Global Tectonics
Six (6) credits of GLY upper-level electives

Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 50

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for UB Curriculum and remaining university requirements.

Formal Graduate Coursework (minimum 24 credits ):
Courses are to be selected in support of student career objectives with the advice and advanced approval of the MA advisor. Excluded courses are: GLY 526, 599, 633 and 700 as they are not considered formal courses.

One course (minimum 3 credits) is required in each of the following areas at the graduate level:

  • Environmental Geology
  • Volcanology
  • General Geology

Capstone Work (minimum 1 credit):
Registration in GLY 526 or 633 is required for completion of a paper, project, or portfolio.

Additional Graduate Credits:
Additional graduate credits (formal, seminar, or research) to reach a minimum of 30 total graduate credits.

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 (Undergraduate)50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum (Undergraduate)29
Additional Credits Required for Electives (Undergraduate)27
Credits Required for the Graduate MA
Total Credits Required for BA/MA Degree Program 136

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


126 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3050
Beata Csatho
Jason Briner
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:28 AM