2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Science Major

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Professors Fryer, Mann, Martin

Ohio Wesleyan offers two majors in geology and one in Earth Science. Geology is the science of the Earth and Earth-like planets, focusing on the investigation and understanding of natural processes within and on the planet, and the materials, structure, and history of the planet. The professional geology major provides a strong foundation for professional work and graduate study in geology and related fields such as hydrogeology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, and environmental science. Careers in geology are numerous, with potential employers including federal and state geological surveys and other governmental agencies, the energy and minerals industries, and engineering and consulting firms concerned with water and other resources, environmental hazards, waste management, and construction projects. Geology is also an excellent liberal arts major, expanding ones understanding and appreciation of our living environment. The general geology major provides a strong base for subsequent study of, for example, law, economics, or environmental policy studies. The Earth Science major provides training specifically for the pursuit of a career in teaching at the secondary level.

All students majoring or minoring in Geology or Earth Science must consult with members of the geology faculty in the selection of their courses. Students majoring in Geology must also submit a plan for your major to the Chair of the department.

This major meets the state of Ohio requirements for Earth Sciences Licensure, to teach Earth Sciences in grades 7-12.

Major Requirements

The following program is required: GEOL 110 , GEOL 111  (.25 unit), GEOL 112 ; GEOG 245 ; ASTR 110 , ASTR 111 ; MATH 105 ; three courses chosen as follows: one course from among GEOL 270 , GEOL 290 , GEOL 310 ; one course from among GEOL 285 , GEOL 340 , GEOL 345 ; one course from among GEOL 320 , GEOL 330 ; three courses chosen as follows: one course from among BIOL 120 , BIOL 122 , BOMI 125 ; one course from among CHEM 110 , CHEM 111 ; one course from among PHYS 110, PHYS 111, PHYS 115 , PHYS 116 ; choose one additional upper level course: GEOG 353 , or any upper level lab course in any natural science (GEOL, ASTR, BOMI, CHEM, PHYS, ZOOL). Also, see Education for courses required in that department. EDUC 110 , EDUC 251 , EDUC 367 , EDUC 369 , EDUC 370 , EDUC 377 , EDUC 471  - EDUC 473 , EDUC 474 .


Geology majors are encouraged to take a summer field course at another college or university chosen in consultation with members of the geology faculty. Majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in research or an apprenticeship.

Owing to geography, a social science, and geology, a natural science, being housed in one department, students who double major in geology and geography may exceed the 17-course limit within one department.

Students majoring or minoring in geology are not permitted to take courses required for the major or minor, credit/no entry.

All geology courses below the 490 level meet the natural science distribution requirement (Group II).

In years containing faculty sabbaticals, courses may be offered during the opposite semester to that listed.

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