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Chair:
David Barclay
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2815
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Program Details

Geology [GLY] (Major)

This liberal arts major in the Geology Department provides a solid foundation in the geological sciences. The program is designed to meet the current market demands for professional geologists as well as requirements of graduate programs in geology.

Career Potential

  • Geologic consulting
  • Research or academic scientist
  • Mining and petroleum exploration
  • State and federal agencies

A. Required Courses in Geology: 34-37 credit hours
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 301 - Mineralogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 302 - Petrology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 363 - Invertebrate Paleontology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 410 - Hydrogeology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 469 - Structural Geology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 471 - Stratigraphy (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 476 - Geologic Field Methods (3-4 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 481 - Field Geology (5-6 cr. hr.)
B. Elective Courses in Geology: 0-3 credit hours from the following to bring the total in GLY to 37:
  • GLY 281 - Data Analysis in Natural Science (3 cr. hr.)
    Cannot be used to fulfill GLY elective if used to fulfill mathematics requirement (see below).
  • GLY 310 - Wetlands Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 396 - Aqueous Geochemistry (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 397 - Physical Oceanography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 400 - Supplemental Field Studies (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 487 - Internship in Applied Geology (3-12 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 494 - Geology Laboratory Experience (1 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 499 - Independent Investigations (1-3 cr. hr.)
C. Courses in Related Areas: 28 credit hours
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
Select one from the following:
  • GLY 281 - Data Analysis in Natural Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Select a two-semester sequence from the following:
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
D. College requirements: 37 credit hours

The General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences (categories 2 and 13), quantitative skills (category 1), and presentation skills (category 10) are satisfied by courses in the major.

E. Free electives: 18 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Example of the bachelor's degree in Geology over Four Years

The Environmental Science (ENVS) concentration has a different four-year model.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 14-15
  • GE course
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Two GE courses
  • Elective
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)

Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 14
  • GE course
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
    and
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 14
  • GE course
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.)
    and
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Two GE courses
  • GLY 301 - Mineralogy (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • Foreign language
  • Elective
  • GLY 302 - Petrology (4 cr. hr.) (WRIT)
  • GLY 363 - Invertebrate Paleontology (3 cr. hr.)
Summer Total credit hours: 3-4
  1. GLY 476 - Geologic Field Methods (3-4 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 12
  • Writing Intensive course
  • Elective
  • GLY 410 - Hydrogeology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 471 - Stratigraphy (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GLY elective
  • Three elective courses
  • GLY 469 - Structural Geology (3 cr. hr.)