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Geology

Department of Geography, Geology and Planning  


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Geology Programs Coordinator

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5800
Fax: 417-836-6006
Email: Geology@missouristate.edu
http://www.geosciences.missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

Geologists work in a variety of jobs, including exploration for new mineral and energy resources, environmental engineering, resource conservation and management, and pollution control and waste management. Geologists work in wilderness areas and in cities, in laboratories and on construction sites, in deep mines and as members of oceanographic research teams. Employers include private industries of all sizes as well as local, state and federal governmental agencies.

Currently the hottest areas of employment for geology graduates are in environmental protection, water resources management and petroleum exploration. The number of people employed in these areas is expanding rapidly, and the number of new positions is likely to continue growing for the foreseeable future. The Missouri State University Department of Geography, Geology and Planning offers specialized courses in geohydrology, geochemistry, engineering geology, stratigraphy, petroleum geology, and geophysics that provide students excellent preparation for careers in these fields.

For further information on careers in the geosciences, we encourage you to browse the web site of the American Geological Institute at www.agiweb.org/workforce. A list of the employers of graduates of the Missouri State University geology program can be found at www.geosciences.missouristate.edu/39130.htm.

Academic Program

Missouri State offers two programs of study toward the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geology.

The Comprehensive B.S. is a rigorous, highly structured degree program intended to give students a solid foundation in mathematics, chemistry and physics, as well as an introduction to each of the major sub-disciplines of geology. This program is designed primarily for students who plan to become professional scientists by continuing their geologic education at the graduate level.

The Non-Comprehensive B.S. is a relatively unstructured degree program that allows the student flexibility to design a course of study appropriate for his or her individual needs and interests. When coupled with an appropriate minor, this option can allow the student to study a particular branch of geology in greater detail than would be possible under the more structured comprehensive B.S.

Students planning to major in Geology should take as much science, mathematics and English as possible in high school.

Courses

The Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning offers more than 30 geology courses. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for course descriptions.

Faculty

The Department of Geography, Geology and Planning is staffed by 23 full-time faculty, nine of whom teach courses in the Geology B.S. program. 

Facilities

The department occupies lecture, laboratory and office space in Temple Hall. Geology program facilities include a rock preparation laboratory equipped with rock saws, crushers and splitters; a mineral/microfossil separation laboratory equipped with fume hoods and centrifuges; a thin-section laboratory equipped with research-quality petrographic microscopes; and a soils/sediment/geochemistry laboratory equipped with a fully automated x-ray diffraction system. The department also maintains large and well-equipped cartography, photogrammetry and remote sensing laboratories.

Departmental teaching equipment includes a stream current meter, permeameter, gravimeter, magnetometer, resistivity meter, ground penetrating radar system, and several binocular zoom and petrographic microscopes. Students in the Geology program have access to a scanning electron microscope with an attachment for chemical microanalysis, an atomic absorption chemical analyzer, devices for continuously monitoring the level and chemistry of water in streams and springs, and numerous microcomputers with an array of specialized geologic and geographic software. A complete line of field and surveying equipment provides support for the department’s numerous field trips and field-oriented research activities.

Special Opportunities

The Geology program is strongly oriented toward field work and practical hands-on experience. Numerous courses include field trips or field research projects. In addition, the department offers three courses devoted exclusively to field studies: Field Geology of the Midcontinent Region; Field Geology (the six-week summer "field camp" run in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia at its field station in western Wyoming); and Directed Field Trips (the annual departmental Spring Break field trip).

Students in the Geology program have many opportunities to be involved in research because of the significant amount of research conducted by the faculty. Superior students in the Geology program are encouraged to design and complete individual research projects under the direct supervision of faculty members of their own choosing. Students in the B.S./Geology program have the opportunity to extend their educational experience and to participate in social activities through membership in the Missouri State University Geology Club, the Association of Missouri Geologists, the Geological Society of America, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

The department offers three scholarships exclusively for Geology majors. The D. Kent Smith Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of a former Missouri State Geology major, is awarded each year to a deserving junior or senior student in the Geology program. The Dr. Vincent Kurtz Scholarship, established in honor of a former Missouri State Geology professor, is awarded each year to a deserving sophomore or junior student in the Geology program. The Kenneth C. Thomson Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of a former Missouri State Geology professor, is awarded each year to a deserving student in the Geology program who has expressed an academic interest in caves and karst geology. Students in the Missouri State Geology program are also eligible for the department’s Fagerlin-Johnson-Moeglin Field Studies Scholarship to support summer field geology courses.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

Sample Schedule - Comprehensive B.S. in Geology

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 or COM 115: Writing I or Public Speaking 3
CSC 111 or CSC 101 or CIS 101: Intro. to Computing 3 (or 2)
GLG 110 Principles of Geology 4
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
Total Hours 17 (16)
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 or ENG 110: Public Speaking or Writing I 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 5
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Total Hours 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
MTH 261 (or 287): Calculus I 5 (or 3)
GLG 314 Historical Geology 4
GLG 332 Mineralogy 4
Total Hours 15 (13)
Second Semester Courses Hours
HST 121 or 122: U.S. History 3
MTH 280 (or 288): Calculus II 5 (or 3)
GLG 333 Petrology 4
GRY 363 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 4
Total Hours 16 (14)

Sample Schedule - Non-Comprehensive B.S. in Geology

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 or COM 115: Writing I or Public Speaking 3
CSC 101 or CIS 101 or CSC 111 Intro. to Computing 2 (or 3)
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
GLG 110 Principles of Geology 4
General Education Elective -- S. U. or C. & S. 3
Total Hours 16 (17)
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 or ENG 110: Public Speaking or Writing I 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MTH 135 (or MTH 138): College Algebra 3 (or 5)
General Education Elective -- S. U. or C. & S. 3
General Elective 3
Total Hours 15 (17)

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
GLG 314 Historical Geology 4
GRY 363 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 4
General Education Elective -- S. U. or C. & S. 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
HST 121 or 122: U.S. History 3
GLG/GRY/CHM Elective 3
Minor Requirement 3
General Education Elective -- S. U. or C. & S. 3
General Elective 3
Total Hours 15