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2016-2017 Catalogue 
2016-2017 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology Minor

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Greg Wiles, Chair
Shelley Judge
Meagen Pollock
Mark Wilson

The Department of Geology at The College of Wooster produces liberally educated scientists who are well-versed in scientific methodology and its application, who possess a thorough knowledge of fundamental geologic concepts, who take a creative approach to problem-solving, and who are able to express themselves with clarity, both orally and in writing.

Geology is an interdisciplinary science. Geologists employ principles of physics, chemistry, and biology to understand Earth history and Earth processes. Geologists should be broadly educated in the natural sciences and have diverse field and laboratory experience with rocks and fossils, which is the primary goal of the Geology major at Wooster.

Minor in Geology

Consists of six courses:

Special Notes

  • The laboratory and classroom components are closely integrated in Geology lab courses and must therefore be taken concurrently. The course and laboratory grades will be identical and are based on performance in both components; the relative weights of the two components are stated in each course syllabus.
  • Geology majors who intend to make a career in geology are strongly urged to supplement their curriculum with at least one additional course in chemistry, two courses in physics, and two courses in calculus (or a combination of calculus and computer science). Other relevant courses will depend upon the student’s particular interest in Geology.
  • S/NC courses are not permitted in the major department and in CHEM 11100 .
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.
  • Prerequisite for 200-level courses requires a grade of C- or higher in any 100- level Geology course. This does not apply to GEOL 22000 , which does not have a prerequisite.

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