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B.S. Geology, Elizabeth City State University

Information for this profile was provided by Francisco San Juan in 2009.

Elizabeth City State University is a public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate .

Overview and Context

Illustration of the Elizabeth City State University BS in Geology curriculum, constructed by Monica Bruckner, based on information provided by Francisco San Juan. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The B.S. degree in geology consists of general education courses, geology core courses, restricted electives, related areas and Free Electives/Minor.
This is the only curriculum for a B.S. in Geology. We do have a Minor in Geology program.

Program Design

The program was designed to prepare students for entry-level employment or to go to graduate school.

Goals and Assessment

The primary goals of the program are:
  • To help all students to learn the basic underlying concepts, facts and skills that are required for successful participation in the present technological society
  • To assist students to become competent and successful Earth scientists
  • To prepare students in the geological, environmental and other Earth related professional disciplines
  • To provide scholarships and research opportunities for students
  • To prepare students for graduate study in the geological, environmental, and marine sciences, in Geographic Information Systems, in Remote Sensing and in resource management.

[We assess student success via] the usual course exams and assignments, plus the capstone course in geology.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

  • Principles of Geological Science (Physical Geology)
  • Age of Dinosaurs

Core courses

  • Historical Geology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Geomorphology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Mineralogy (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Sedimentology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Stratigraphy (Prerequisite: Sedimentology)
  • Structural Geology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology and Pre-calculus)
  • Petrology (Prerequisite: Mineralogy)
  • Field Geology (Prerequisites: Stratigraphy and Structural Geology)
  • Summer Practical Internship (Prerequisites: Pre-calculus, Geomorphology, Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Petrology, Field Geology)


For restricted electives, students are required to take 13-15 credits (4 to 5 courses); for free electives/minor, students must take 16-21 credits (5-7 courses), chosen from the following list:
  • The Age of Dinosaurs
  • Paleontology (Prerequisite: Historical Geology or Marine Invertebrates)
  • Hydrogeology (Prerequisite: Physical Geology)
  • Principles of GIS (Prerequisite: Introduction to Computing and Cartographic Principles)
  • Intro to Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing (Prerequisites: Intro to Computing and Geomorphology)
  • Cartographic Principles (Prerequisite: Introduction to Geography)
  • Coastal Geology (Prerequisite: Intro to Marine Science or Physical Geology)
  • Economic Geology (Prerequisites: Mineralogy, Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Petrology)

Other required courses

  • Algebra
  • Pre-calculus
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • General Physics I, General Physics II or General Biology I or II.


  • Geology Seminar

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