The geology curriculum readies Discipline majors and minors to enter professional careers or pursue higher studies in the geosciences. The program covers the foundations of geology as well as related sciences, mathematics, and geologic problem solving.
The Discipline also offers courses for those who plan to teach earth sciences at the secondary level, and serves those in other professional or interdisciplinary programs who need geology as a related subject.
All students with an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of our planet and how it came to be are welcome to join Geology Discipline classes.
The Geology major starts with four geology core courses: Physical Geology; Mineralogy and Crystallography; Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology; and Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. These are supplemented with two courses in basic chemistry, an upper-level course in Structural Geology, and a variety of electives students may use to fashion a program that fits their specific needs. The curriculum is rounded out with senior seminars and Geology Field Camp.
The Field Camp is an intensive, off–campus summer course that is a capstone experience for Morris geology majors. Students work with faculty advisors to plan their projects and find a venue. Typically, the project involves the description, identification, and mapping of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Most camps operate on a three– to six–week schedule, and individual or group projects can range in length from a day to a week. Various field camps are located throughout the U.S. and around the world, with many in the Rocky Mountains. The Morris Geology Discipline has a collaborative relationship with the Indiana University program at the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station in southwestern Montana. Geology graduates have often said that their Field Camp experience was the highlight of their Morris experience.
Geology minors take the four core courses in geology and two courses in basic chemistry. Students may complete the minor by choosing two electives from the Geology curriculum, or combine electives and directed study.
For students planning to pursue graduate studies in the geological sciences, it is recommended they include the following in classes their program:
- GEOL 2151 – Historical Geology: Earth History and Changing Scientific Perspectives
- MATH 1102 – Calculus II
- CSCI 1301 – Problem Solving and Algorithm Development I
- PHYS 1101 – General Physics I