Bachelor of Science with a Major in Geological Sciences

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite courses:
GEOL 1002Historical Geology
GEOL 1001Physical Geology
or GEOL 1005 Environmental Geology
Required courses in related areas:
CHEM 1111
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
One of the following:
PHYS 1011
PHYS 1012
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Or
ASTR 1001
ASTR 1002
Stars, Planets, and Life in the Universe
and Origins of the Cosmos
One of the following:
MATH 1220
MATH 1221
Calculus with Precalculus I
and Calculus with Precalculus II
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences
Required courses for the major:
GEOL 2111Mineralogy
GEOL 2112Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GEOL 2122Structural Geology
GEOL 3126Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 4195Geological Field Methods
Four courses chosen with approval of the program advisor from the following list of designated courses:
GEOL 2106Oceanography
GEOL 2151Introduction to Paleontology
GEOL 2159Geobotanical Ecology of the Central Appalachians
GEOL 2190Special Topics in Geology (3 credits only)
GEOL 3118Volcanology
GEOL 3131Global Climate Change
GEOL 3138Hydrogeology
GEOL 3140Geochemistry
GEOL 3189Geophysics
GEOL 3191Geology of Energy Resources
GEOL 4199Undergraduate Research or Reading (3 credits only)

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, candidates must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 both overall and for courses in the major, and must submit an approved Honors thesis.