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Paleo Track

Paleontology Track

Here is a printable list of degree track requirements.

Core 60–65 credits
Earth’s Dynamic Interior (GEOL 101), Environmental Geology and Landform Development (GEOL 102), The Evolving Earth (GEOL 103) or Earth’s Interior Heat and Dynamics (GEOL 201), Earth Surface and Environmental Geology (GEOL 202), Evolution of the Earth (GEOL 203) 12
General Physics (PHYS 201) or Foundations of Physics I (PHYS 251) 4
General Biology I: Cells (BI 211) and General Biology II: Organisms (BI 212) or General Biology III: Populations (BI 213); or General Physics (PHYS 202, 203); or Foundations of Physics I (PHYS 252, 253) 8
General Chemistry (CH 221, 222, 223) or Honors General Chemistry (CH 224H, 225H, 226H) 12
Calculus I,II (MATH 251, 252) or Calculus for Biological Sciences (MATH 246, 247); AND one of the following: MATH 253, MATH 425, GEOL 418, or PHYS 481 12
Earth Materials (GEOL 311) or Mineralogy (GEOL 331) and Introduction to Petrology (GEOL 332) 5–10
Earth Physics (GEOL 315) 2
Introduction to Hydrology (GEOL 316) 2
Introduction to Field Methods (GEOL 318) 3
Additional Requirements 27 credits
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEOL 334) 4
Structural Geology (GEOL 350), Structural Geology Problems (GEOL 351), Structural Geology Laboratory and Field (GEOL 352) 5
Field Studies (GEOL 406) 12
Two from Paleontology I: Paleozoic Marine Fossils (GEOL 431), Paleobotany (GEOL 433), Vertebrate Paleontology (GEOL 434), Paleopedology (GEOL 435) 8
Electives 16 credits
16 credits from any combination of the geology-track electives 16