May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology Concentration

The Geology concentration encompasses the broad study of materials of the earth and processes that affect them as well as the evolution of life and its impact on earth materials and processes.  Earth processes include volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, and ground and surface water migration.  Geologists utilize their knowledge to identify and assess environmental hazards such as ground and surface water contamination, land surface stability, and volcanic and earthquake activity.   Knowledge of earth processes also helps the geologist understand the formation, occurrence, and extraction of natural resources such as water, oil and gas, and valuable minerals and metals.  Geology is a great field of study for students who enjoy blending the outdoor physical environment with science.  With consultation of a faculty advisor, our program prepares students for jobs in the geological sciences in private industry, state and federal government, and teaching, or for entrance into graduate school in the Geosciences.  Our graduates are successfully employed in the environmental field and in the exploration or production of natural resources.  The Bachelor of Geosciences with a concentration in geology prepares students for state licensure to practice geology in the state of Tennessee.

General Education Core

  Credit Hours
see General Education   41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1

Major Core Requirements

Total Hours 7

Total Hours 8

Concentration Requirements

Total Hours 16

Total Hours 27

Allied Science Courses

Total Hours 8

Total Hours 10

Free Electives

Total Hours 17

Total Program Hours 120