Bachelor of Arts

Geology-Environmental Studies Major

Total credit requirements for Geology-Environmental Studies

  • 26 credits of geology, 39-41 credits total (not counting 25 Environmental Studies credit requirements)
  • Required geology courses:
    • Geology 125 and 126 (or Geology 110 and 111, or 120 and 121)
    • Geology 227, 270, 350, 358, 420, and 470
    • Geology 405 or 301
    • Chemistry 125 and 135 or 140
    • Mathematics 124, 125, or 126
    • One 3 or 4 credit course numbered above 125 from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, or Physics
    • Either one additional course from Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, or Physics; or Biology 115, 130, or 177

Required Geology Courses

Item #
Title
Credits
4
3 - 4
3
Sub-Total Credits
39-41

Recommended Courses

  • Courses in meteorology, physics, calculus, statistics, biology, and chemistry
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
1-4

Senior Requirements

  • Geology 470
  • Senior assessment:
    • Four-hour geology written exam;
    • Geology oral exam, which may be conducted in the field
    • Environmental studies orals may be required for students who do not complete an interdisciplinary thesis

Honors

    • Students do not apply for admission to candidacy for honors
    • Accumulated at least 87 credits
    • Completed two semesters of residency at Whitman.
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.300 on all credits earned at Whitman College
    • Major GPA of at least 3.500
    • Complete a written thesis or research project prepared exclusively for the satisfaction of this program
    • Earn a grade of at least A- on the honors thesis or project and the honors thesis course
    • Pass the senior assessment with distinction
    • Chair of the department will notify the Registrar of students attaining Honors no later than the beginning of week 12 of the semester.
    • An acceptable digital copy of the Honors Thesis must be submitted to Penrose Library no later than Reading Day
Total Credits
39-41