Initial Publication Date: June 11, 2015

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. Students in this program are pursuing a BS degree.

Program Design & Assessment


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.

Strengths of this program

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

Types of students served

Program Goals

The goals of this program are as follows:

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.

The learning goals were informed by the following resources:

How program goals are assessed

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

Design features that allow goals to be met

Alumni Careers

Graduation rate

Careers pursued by our alumni

Courses and Sequencing

Diagram of course sequencing and requirements

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

Other key features of this program:

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