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Geology Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Geologists look back millions of years in the past, conduct experiments in the present and predict what the earth’s future might be. Geology is an interdisciplinary science that trains you to study the natural resources that shape our lives.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • GEOL 101 Planet Earth Exclamation Point
    3
  • GEOL 102 Planet Earth Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • GEOL 103 Earth Through Time Exclamation Point
    3
  • GEOL 104 Earth Through Time Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    1
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Find people from class/es who live in your residence hall and review class with them
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Eat a pepperoni roll
  • Attend Adventure WV
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • GEOL Physics Requirement
    4
  • GEOL 286 Introduction to Minerals & Rocks
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference or
    CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications
  • General Elective
    2
16
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • GEOL Physics Requirement
    4
  • GEOL Rocks and Energy Requirement
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Complete the Campus Read

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Join a club sport team
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • GEOL Rocks and Energy Requirement
    3
  • GEOL 341 Structural Geology Exclamation Point
    4
13
Spring
  • GEOL 311 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation Exclamation Point
    3
  • GEOL 489 Junior-Senior Seminar
    1
  • GEOL Surficial Processes and Water Requirement
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    GEOL 351 Geomathematics or
    MATH 156 Calculus 2
  • General Elective
    3
13
Summer
  • GEOL 404 Geology Field Camp
    -
0
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Visit the Core Arboretum
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend WVUp All Night

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Become a level 2 Bystander Trainer Foo
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • GEOL Rocks and Energy Requirement
    3
  • GEOL Surficial Processes and Water Requirement
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
  • General Elective
    3
14
Spring
  • GEOL Surficial Processes and Water Requirement
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
12
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • International students: Participate in international social events

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair

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