Geology is a science that combines rigorous science with a love of the outdoors and nature. Geology is the science that studies climate change, mineral deposits, faulting and earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, landslides, erosion and deposition, coral reefs, caves, fossils, plate tectonics, and the history of the earth. Geology also forms the basis of the petroleum and mineral industries, and is the science used to mitigate natural hazards, to locate groundwater resources, and to track subsurface pollution. The Marietta College Geology program offers the opportunity to learn from an experienced and highly qualified faculty in a personal, student-centered, small college setting with one of the longest continuous histories of teaching Geology. We have particular strengths in Petroleum Geology, Engineering/Environmental Geology, and Paleontology.

The Marietta College Geology program has an excellent record of placing students in professional jobs and graduate programs. The program is designed to build a strong foundation in all of the fundamental areas of geology to allow students flexibility in career directions, and then to encourage students to develop strength in a direction of their own choosing. Our concentrations in Engineering Geology (the environmental side of geology), Petroleum Geology (designed for those wishing to pursue exploration and development of petroleum resources), and Paleontology are enhanced by our close relationships with the Marietta College Environmental Science and Petroleum Engineering programs and with the Aaron Scott Dinosaur Quarry in Utah.

Sample Four-Year Schedule

First Year (Fall Semester)
Geology 111 Physical Geology 4 credit hours
Chemistry 131 General Chemistry I 3 credit hours
Chemistry 133 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1 credit hours
Writing 110 College Composition 3 credit hours
Mathematics 125 Calculus I 4 credit hours
First-Year Seminar   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   18 credit hours
 
First Year (Spring Semester)
Geology 112 Historical Geology 4 credit hours
Chemistry 132 General Chemistry II 3 credit hours
Chemistry 134 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 credit hours
Communication 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 credit hours
Petroleum 216 Petrophysics 4 credit hours
Mathematics 224 Calculus II 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   18 credit hours
 
Second Year (Fall Semester)
Computer Science 210 Scientific Computing and Problem Solving 3 credit hours
Physics 221 General Physics I 4 credit hours
Geology 202 Mineralogy and Petrology 4 credit hours
General Education   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   14 credit hours
 
Second Year (Spring Semester)
Physics 222 General Physics II  4 credit hours
Geology 201 Earth Resources 3 credit hours
Geology 306 Demonstration Field Trip 1 credit hours
General Education   6 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   14 credit hours
 
Third Year (Fall Semester)
Geology 313 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 3 credit hours
Geology 304 Introduction to GIS Mapping and Analysis 3 credit hours
Geology 302 Structural Geology 3 credit hours
General Education   6 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Spring Semester)
Geology 336 Environmental Engineering Geology 3 credit hours
Geology 105 Dinosaur Lab 3 credit hours
Writing 307 Technical Writing 3 credit hours
General Education   6 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Fall Semester)
Geology 322 Invertebrate Paleontology 3 credit hours
Geology Capstone 411   2 credit hours
General Education   9 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   14 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Spring Semester)
Geology 335 Environmental Hydrogeology 3 credit hours
Geology 326 Petroleum Geology 3 credit hours
Geology Capstone 412   2 credit hours
General Education   6 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   14 credit hours

 

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