This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.


Major Requirements

The geology major typically starts with any  courses, which typically counts towards the major as one of the five (5) additional full-credit GEOL courses below.

All majors must complete the following set of requirements:

All of the Following

300-level Geology Electives

At least two courses from the following:

400-level Geology Electives

At least two courses from the following:

Two Additional Courses

Two full-credit courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. , may be taken in place of one of the required biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics courses.  


Capstone Experience

The two required 400-level courses provide a capstone experience for the geology major, as all such courses involve a significant project that integrates hypothesis testing, data collection and/or analysis of existing data, literature review, and a final project that synthesizes this work. A senior thesis conducted with a geology faculty member as an adviser through  may count as one of the required 400–level courses and is required for all geology honors candidates. Students can initiate a senior research project of interest by speaking directly to a faculty member about ideas for a research project or by consulting with a faculty member about a project that might arise from a summer internship, a summer employment experience, or be based on research initiated in a geology course.  may not count towards the 400–level course requirement.


GPA Requirement

A GPA of 2.00 in the major is necessary for graduation. The ten full-credit courses that carry the highest grade are used to compute this average. A passing grade must be received in all courses counted toward the major.


Geology Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalogue page.