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2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, BS

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Contact Information

Dr. Laurie Anderson, Department Head 
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Mineral Industries 303
(605) 394-2461

GEOL Flowchart  

Geology/Paleontology Curriculum/Checklist

It is the student’s responsibility to check with his or her advisor for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog. When planning coursework, students are advised that the courses GEOL 212/212L , GEOL 341/341L , GEOL 322/322L  and GEOL 410  form a critical sequence that must be taken in the order listed. Students may select program electives (those with a GEOL or GEOE prefix) and free electives (college credits approved by the student’s academic advisor) in six focus areas including Energy and Mineral Resources, Environmental Geology, Geomathematics, Geospatial Technology, Paleontology, and Solid Earth and Tectonics. For more information on the geology bachelor’s degree see the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering  page under Undergraduate Studies in this catalog.

Freshman Year

Total: 12

Note: Some students may need preparatory math in the first semester, such as MATH 114  or MATH 120 .

Second Semester

Total: 14

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Second Semester

One of: 3-4 Credits

Total: 15-16

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15


Total: 6

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Credits: (0-1) 1 2
  • Program Elective(s) Credits: 6 4
  • Free Elective(s) Credits: 3 5
  • Humanities/Social Science elective(s) Credits: 3
Total: 13

Second Semester

Total: 13-15

120 credits required for graduation

Curriculum Notes

* Course offered in alternate years.

# Students must take at least one of these two courses (GEOE 324/324L , GEOE 482/482L/582/582L  ). If both are taken, the second may serve as a program elective.

1 Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

2 A grade of “C” or better is required in these courses for graduation with a Geology B.S.

3 Students should consult an advisor when choosing between MATH 225  and MATH 381 .

4 Program electives must have a GEOL or GEOE prefix. At least 9 credits must be taken from 400-level courses. Substitutions must be approved by the department head.

5 Free electives are courses with any prefix that are approved by the acadmeic advisor.

6 Under exceptional circumstances, a student may petition the department head to substitute program electives for GEOL 465 .

7 Students must also take one (1) additional free elective credit to reach the 120 credits required for graduation.

Choosing Electives for Career Paths

Program electives (courses with a GEOL or GEOE prefix) and free electives (other courses approved by a student’s academic advisor) can be chosen to focus in one of five career paths or from two or more career paths, depending on a student’s interests.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor in selecting a career path and electives.

Recommended Electives for Career Paths

Energy and Mineral Resources

Recommended electives for energy and mineral resource geology include:

Geospatial Technology

Recommended electives for geospatial technology include:


Recommended electives for geomathematics include:

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