• Geosciences
    MTSU's Mineral, Gem,
    and Fossil Museum
    attracts numerous student visitors
  • Geosciences
    Professor Warner Cribb explains the structure of the Valles Caldera
    in New Mexico
    during a field trip
  • Geosciences
    MTSU's low student-faculty ratio assures personal attention
  • Geosciences
    Geology students are on the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens volcano

Geosciences

Geosciences prepares students to excel in earth-related careers in public service, the private sector, and education. Job demand is high with the prevalence of long-term issues like changing energy supplies, dwindling natural resources, climate change, and natural disasters. MTSU has one of the Southeast's largest undergraduate programs, but a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1 allows personal attention. Concentrations in geology and physical geography are offered, and a master’s program is available.

Diego Fernandex digs out a dinosaur rib bone

Instructor makes no bones about love of dinosaurs

Geology instructor Alan Brown, director of MTSU's Mineral, Gem, and Fossil Museum, spends summers digging for dinosaur bones in the Montana badlands. He helped the Make-a-Wish Foundation give leukemia patient Diego Fernandez, 8, of Texas, a chance to dig out a dinosaur rib bone.

Alice Hudson, chief of the New York Public Library's map division

'Poet of place' curated massive map collection

Alice Hudson, a geography graduate in 1969, rose to chief of the New York Public Library's map division and has been called a "poet of place." The holdings, second only to the Library of Congress, grew to over 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books/atlases from the 15th-21st centuries.

The global demand for geoscientists in areas such as mining, oil and gas exploration, environmental science, and the rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems (GIS) far exceeds the current supply.

Graduates also go on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at some of the nation's most prestigious research universities or work in geoscience-related professions such as park service, science journalism, and science education.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ARCADIS
  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • ATC Associates
  • Bauer Foundation Corp.
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Doe Run Mining
  • Middle schools and high schools
  • Murfreesboro Planning Department
  • Notre Dame University
  • Nyrstar Mining
  • Rutherford County Planning Commission
  • Signal Hill Petroleum
  • Smyrna Planning Department
  • Southwestern Energy
  • St. John Engineering
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Texas Christian University
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wiser Co.

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Amy Chen
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Laura Collins
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Dr. Warner Cribb
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Dr. Jim Henry
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Michael Hiett
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Zada Law
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The MTSU Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience, with concentrations in Geology and Physical Geography.

  • Geology students choose from three career tracks: Geology, Earth Science, and Earth Science Education.
  • Physical Geography students choose between two career tracks: Physical Geography and Geographic Techniques.

Minors are offered in Geography, Geology/Earth Science, and Remote Sensing.

The department also offers a Master of Science with a major in Professional Science and a concentration in Geoscience, often called a Professional Science Master’s degree. Students in this program choose among three tracks: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Geosystems, and General Geoscience. All graduate students are required to complete a pre-professional internship.

Geography Career Geography for Teachers Geographic Techniques Earth Science for Teachers Earth Science Technical Geology Career 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program.

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Geography Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
GEOG 43603  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG 45503  Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 22  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or GEOG 3402 (four-hour field course) is required and offered only during summer.
Choosing two 18-hour minors may cause program to exceed 120 hours.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
GEOG 43603  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 22 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG 45503  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 13 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Minor 23 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
GEOG 3401 or 34024  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL4  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor Minor 23 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 13  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Minor 23  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or GEOG 3402 (four-hour field course) is required and offered only during summer.
Choosing two 18-hour minors may cause program to exceed 120 hours.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Geography for Teachers Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required GEOG 43603
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
GEOG 43804  GEOG elective3 See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Cognate3  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor General elective2 
Cognate3  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
Cognate3     
Cognate3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required GEOG 43603
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
GEOG 43804  GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Cognate3  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
Cognate3  General elective2See dept./advisor
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Cognate3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
Cognate3     
Cognate3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Geographic Techniques Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  GEOG 45603 
GEOG upper-division elective4See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOG or GEOL elective3See dept./advisor Minor 13 
Minor 13  Minor 23 
Minor 23  GEOG elective or MATH 15303See dept./advisor
Minor 23  GEOL 40204 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: GEOG 3401 or 3420 (4-hour field course) is required and only offered during summer.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOG 20003Required course MATH (Math)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOG 10304
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  GEOG 43804 
GEOG 44904  GEOG 45303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GEOG upper-division elective4See dept./advisor GEOG 45603 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Elective3  Minor 23 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
GEOG 3401 or 34024     
SUBTOTAL4     
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
GEOL or GEOG elective3See dept./advisor GEOL 40204 
Minor 13  Minor 13 
Minor 23  Minor 23 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  GEOG elective or MATH 15303See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Earth Science for Teachers Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2010, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
CHEM 1010/1011 or 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1020/1021 or 1120/11214 
GEOL 40204  GEOL 30103 
GEOL 40503  GEOL elective3See dept./advisor
    BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL17 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
PHYS 2010/20114  PHYS 2020/20214 
GEOL elective4See dept./advisor GEOL elective4 See dept./advisor
BIOL 1120/11214  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL18  SUBTOTAL17 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
ASTR 1030/10314     
SUBTOTAL 13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 123

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HIST 20303  GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4 Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3
GEOG 20003 Required course Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
CHEM 1010/1011 or 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1020/1021 or 1120/11214 
GEOL 30103  GEOL 40204 
GEOL elective4See dept./advisor BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4 
GEOL 40503     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2010/20114  PHYS 2020/20214 
GEOL elective[/4See dept./advisor GEOL elective3See dept./advisor
BIOL 1120/11214  YOED 30003Prereq: See catalog
YOED 25003Prereq: See catalog YOED 33003Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303   Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
YOED 40309Prereq: See catalog YOED 440012Prereq: See catalog
ASTR 1030/10314     
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 123

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Earth Science Technical Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
GEOL 30005  Minor3 
ABAS 33403  GEOL 40204 
    GEOL 30103 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
Minor3  Minor3 
GEOL 30503  Geoscience elective4See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3  General elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
Nat Sci (Rubric 1) 4  Minor3See dept./advisor
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4See dept./advisor Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor GEOG 45303 
Minor3  Minor3 
    General elective2 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041) 4Required course GEOL 10504Required course
GEOG 20003Required course MATH 1720 (Math)3
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
Sophomore SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
Minor3  Minor3 
GEOL 30005  GEOL 30103 
General elective1  GEOL 30503 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Cognate elective3See dept./advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Minor3  Cognate elective3See dept./advisor
ABAS 33403  Minor3 
Geoscience elective3  GEOL 40204See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4  Geoscience elective4See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor General elective3See dept./advisor
Geoscience elective3See dept./advisor GEOG 45303 
Minor3  Minor3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.



Geology Career Pattern Academic Map

Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504 Required course
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
PGEO 45303Required course    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4  MATH 19204 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
PHYS 2010/2011 or PHYS 2110/2111 4  BIOL 1110/1111 or PHYS 2020/2021 or PHYS 2120/21214 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MATH/SCI elective 3See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)2 See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)3 See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL/GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
MATH/SCI elective3See dept./advisor GEOL Field Camp*4See dept./advisor
    *Note: GEOL 3401 may not be used to complete this requirement
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
GEOL 1030/1031 (or GEOL 1040/1041)4Required course GEOL 10504Required course
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  GEOL required course3
PGEO 45303Required course Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4  CHEM 1120/11214 
MATH 1910 (Math)4  MATH 19204 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PHYS 2010/2011 or PHYS 2110/21114  BIOL 1110/1111 or PHYS 2020/2021 or PHYS 2120/21214 
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MATH/SCI elective3See dept./advisor GEOL (required course)4See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)2See dept./advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3See dept./advisor
GEOL (required course)5See dept./advisor GEOL/GEOG elective3See dept./advisor
MATH/SCI elective3  GEOL Field Camp*4See dept./advisor
    *Note: GEOL 3401 may not be used to complete this requirement
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
NOTE: Because required GEOL courses vary between 1 and 5 credit hours, this academic map only serves as an example of degree completion within 8 semesters plus 4 summers. The actual number of hours taken per semester is dependent upon multiple factors such as specific courses
offered and completion of prerequisites.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Geography

GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography
3 credit hours
Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors and Global Studies minors. Examines world regions using the geographical perspective, identifying the main physical and cultural features, especially through the use of maps.

GEOG 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours
(Same as SPAN 2105, PS 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

GEOG 3120 - Geography of Tennessee and the South
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 3115.) Geography's influence upon Tennessee and the American South's development in local, regional, national, and global contexts. Examines the physical, cultural, political, and economic geographies and their role in shaping the state and the region.

GEOG 3402 - Cultural Geography Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department. Required for all Cultural Geography majors. Supervised study in some geographical area/topic. Emphasis on cultural elements of the environment with special attention directed toward interpretation of cultural landscapes. For fees and specific credit, consult the instructor. Course has required off-campus activities.

GEOG 3410 - Cultures and Landscapes of the United States and Canada
3 credit hours
Study of cultural and physical features of the U.S. and Canada with focus on culture regions, settlements patterns, natural resources, and cultural landscapes.

GEOG 3420 - Latin America in the 21st Century: Familiar Challenges,
3 credit hours
Comprehensive survey of the human and physical geographies of Latin America. Examines the ecological, historical, cultural, economic, and political processes that shape the region. Emphasis placed on socioeconomic development, migration, globalization, and linkages.

GEOG 3430 - Geographical Approach to Contemporary Europe
3 credit hours
Explores the past and present physical and cultural processes that influence Europe (including Russia) by examining ideas and concepts about economics, politics, culture identity, environment, and territory from a geographical perspective.

GEOG 3440 - Geography of Asia and Pacific Rim
3 credit hours
Inclusive geographic survey of sub-regions of Asia such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia along with areas comprising the Pacific Rim. Focus on linkages and diversity within this geographic region specifically those dealing with culture, religion, politics, economies, resources, transnationalism, migrations, and globalization. Emphasis on Japan, China, India, and Pacific Rim.

GEOG 3470 - Geography of sub-Saharan Africa
3 credit hours
Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

GEOG 3720 - Cultural Ecology
3 credit hours
(Same as ANTH 3720; HIST 3720.) Prerequisites: 3 hours anthropology or geography. Comparison of ecological systems utilized by tribal, peasant, and industrialized peoples of the world. Special attention paid to the theoretical approaches examining the interface of the environment and culture, the evolution of modes of subsistence, and contemporary development and indigenous people.

GEOG 4270 - Special Problems and Topics in Cultural Geography
3 or 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; junior standing. Detailed examination of problem or topic pertinent to cultural geography. Topics vary and may be taken as an independent study or in a traditional classroom setting. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.

GEOG 4300 - Military and Conflict Geography
1 credit hour
A consideration of geographical and geopolitical influences upon military operations and strategic decision-making as well as the cultural and economic implications of a military presence.

GEOG 4325 - Global Geo-Political Economics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GS 2010, GEOG 2000, ECON 2410, or PS 1010. Overview of global economic and political systems from a geographic perspective. Emergence and growth of a global economy and changing geo-political boundaries examined historically to present day using spatial and temporal analyses used by geographers. Examines role of transnationalism in global economies, the changing concept of nation-states, and evolution of sections of the global economy. Global case studies such as NAFTA, OPEC, and EU examined along with regional and local examples. Requires field work.

GEOG 4330 - Political Geography
3 credit hours
Significance of geographical factors in understanding political relationships within and among nations; spatial implications of political decision-making processes.

GEOG 4340 - Historical Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4341.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. The changing human geography of the United States during four centuries of settlement and development. Emphasis on changing population patterns as well as patterns of urban and rural settlement.

GEOG 4360 - Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4361.) Prerequisite: GEOG 2000 or permission of instructor. Required for all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors. Description and explanation of spatial patterns and ecological relationships in human culture. Emphasis on "reading" the cultural landscapes.

GEOG 4370 - Urban Geographies: Key Trends, Problems, and Solutions
3 credit hours
Explores different geographies of cities through contemporary socioeconomic processes that shape urban development. Cityscapes of North America and abroad surveyed to determine how cultural, economics, globalization, infrastructure, race, geography, and policy influence urban growth. Global networks and associations emphasized.

GEOG 4460 - The Cultural Landscape
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Through behavior, cognition, and perception people assign meaning to the environment and transform spaces into places and create a sense of place. These dynamic processes result in cultural landscapes. Explores the types, methods, and meanings used by geographers to "read" those landscapes constructed by humans.

GEOG 4470 - Rural Settlement and Agricultural Landscapes
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4471.) Prerequisite: junior standing. A geographical analysis of forms, structures, and distribution of rural settlements in distinctive parts of the earth based upon their origin, function, and development. Special emphasis in analyzing rural settlements of middle Tennessee.

GEOG 4480 - Recreational and Tourism Geography
3 credit hours
A geographical analysis of natural and cultural factors influencing use of space for recreation and tourism. Concepts and themes such as globalization's influence on recreation and tourism, long-term sustainability of recreational space/place, cultural landscapes of tourism, and public geography/history and the role of interpretation of palces examines.

GEOG 4500 - Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
3 credit hours
Situated at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa together form a complex and dynamic region linked by similarities such as environment, culture, and religion. Explores the geography of the region emphasizing current issues such as population and migration, religion, conflict, natural resources, geo-political alliances and globalization.

GEOG 4540 - Geography of Indigenous Peoples
3 credit hours
(Same as HIST 4540.) Prerequisite: junior standing. Historical and current examination of indigenous peoples from a geographic perspective including their locations(s), history, diffusion and migration, human/land relationships, cultural traits, and cultural landscapes.

GEOG 4550 - Global Issues
3 credit hours
An examination of current global issues in the context of their geographic environment. Emphasis on geographic factors impacting those issues. Topics examined vary from year to year.

GEOG 4572 - Internship in Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Practical work experience for students in a professional setting that relates to foundations and themes of cultural geography.

GEOG 4772 - Field Course in Historical Geography/Archaeology
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department; junior standing. Key elements of historical geography explored using archaeologically generated data. Themes such as migration, economic interaction spheres and linkages, public history/geography, and historical landscape change examined through archival and field work. Requires off-campus activities.

GEOG 4990 - Senior Seminar in Cultural Geography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; senior standing. Required capstone course for all Cultural Geography majors. Implements acquired knowledge from previous cultural geography courses to develop a research project. Offers preparation for graduate study and/or job opportunities in geography.

Geology

GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science
3 credit hours
Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

GEOL 1031 - Introduction to Earth Science Lab
1 credit hour
Laboratory to accompany GEOL 1030.

GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology
4 credit hours
Corequisite: GEOL 1041. The origin, composition, and structure of the solid earth: rock-forming minerals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; earthquakes and plate tectonics; surface processes; geologic time. Identification and description of minerals and rocks in hand sample. Use of topographic and geologic maps. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 1041 - Physical Geology Lab
0 credit hours
Corequisite: GEOL 1040.

GEOL 1050 - Historical Geology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041. The major divisions of geologic time with emphasis on earth movements, sea fluctuations, life of the time, and the effect these have had on our present environment. Close attention to the development of the physiographic regions of North America, which are correlated with chronologically similar events in other parts of the world. Topographic maps, geologic maps, and fossil animals and plants. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or permission of instructor. Crystallography and crystal chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of silicate and non-silicate mineral groups. Examination of the common rock-forming minerals in hand sample and thin section. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 3010 - Oceanography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or PGEO 1030. Physiography, structures, and sediments of the ocean floor; coastal and oceanic environments; and the nature of sea water, currents, waves, and tides. Geological processes, geophysical studies, and oceanographic instrumentation discussed.

GEOL 3030 - Geoscience of Energy Resources
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or PGEO 1030. Geoscience aspects of energy resources and their impact on the environment. Topics include occurrence, exploration, development, and reclamation, as well as historical trends. Three hours lecture per week.  

GEOL 3050 - Field Methods in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 and GEOL 1050; major or minor in Geoscience. Introduction to field observation in geoscience. Topics include tape and compass surveys, orientation of rock strata, measurement of stratigraphic section, map preparation, and use of GPS. Three hours lecture/field work per week.

GEOL 3060 - Computer Methods in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 and GEOL 1050; major or minor in Geology/Earth Science. Extensive use of personal computers for processing field data, map contouring, geologic reports and illustrations, lettering and cartography, image processing, geologic databases, and digital maps. Brief treatment of classical cartography. Four to five hours lecture/laboratory per week.

GEOL 3160 - Geologic Literature and Report Writing
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050; 8 semester hours of upper-division GEOL courses. Acquisition and presentation of geological data from traditional and database sources. Preparation of geologic field and laboratory reports in addition to professional reports and papers.

GEOL 3401 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of specific areas. For fees and specific credit, consult the director, division of geology.

GEOL 3402 - Field Course
4 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Supervised study in some geological area preceded by classroom preview and concluded by a time of evaluation. Emphasis on the natural and physical elements of the environment, with special attention directed toward the geomorphology and geology of specific areas. For fees and specific credit, consult the director, division of geology.

GEOL 4000 - Petrology and Petrography
5 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Theories of formation and evolution based upon mineralogical and geochemical evidence. Examination and classification of rocks in hand sample and thin section. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4020 - Geomorphic Regions of the United States
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041. Origin, regional distribution, and geomorphic features and history of landforms of the United States. Students will be required to analyze maps, structure sections, and aerial photography to determine geomorphic forms and the forces and processes that produced these forms. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4030 - Invertebrate Paleontology
5 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 1050. Invertebrate and microscopic animal life of the past, including recently preserved representatives and their ancient fossilized ancestors. Numerous field trips to local fossil-collecting sites. Designed to aid in the preparation of earth science teachers, geologists, and biologists. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4040 - Engineering Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or equivalent; MATH 1710 and MATH 1720 or MATH 1730 or equivalent. Principles and applications of geology in engineering practice. Engineering geology exploration, behavior of soils and rocks for engineering projects, application of engineering geology to the solution of construction and environmental problems.

GEOL 4050 - Meteorology
3 credit hours
A general, nonmathematical introduction to the atmosphere. Emphasis on main elements such as temperature, precipitation, clouds, and humidity. In-depth analysis of storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes and human alteration of the atmosphere such as the ozone hole. Weather forecasting and climate change.

GEOL 4070 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1050 and GEOL 3000 or consent of instructor. Sedimentary rocks, the process of sedimentation, the alteration of sediments through time, and examination of resulting stratigraphic units. Designed for geoscience majors and those with interests in soil mechanics and civil engineering. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4080 - Structural Geology
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or  MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050. Orientation and deformation of rock. Geometric, analytical, and statistical solutions to structural problems. Emphasis on three-dimensional visualization, geological map interpretation, and the mechanics of deformation. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4090 - Problems in Geology
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 semester hours of geology (excluding GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031) at least 6 hours of which must be upper division; consent of instructor. A problem-solving course. Includes an independent research-oriented project commensurate with the student's interests and qualifications. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours.

GEOL 4100 - Geophysical Prospecting
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1910; PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. (PHYS 2020/PHYS 2021 or PHYS 2120/PHYS 2121, GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041, and MATH 1920 also recommended.) Survey of seismic, gravimetric, and magnetic/electrical exploration methods. An applied course covering some elementary theory, basic field practice, computation fundamentals, interpretation techniques. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4120 - Environmental Geology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or PGEO 1030 or consent of instructor. Application of geologic information to minimize possible environmental degradation and maximize utilization of resources in the natural and modified environment; local examples and field trips. Topics include engineering properties of earth materials, natural hazard prediction and reduction, water supply, solid and hazardous wastes, mineral resources, global change, land-use planning, environmental impact analysis. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4130 - Hydrogeology
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or MATH 1730; GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041; GEOL 1050. Basic processes and measurement of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation, evaporation, surface runoff, stream flow, soil moisture, and ground water. Emphasis on ground water including geology of occurrence, principles of flow, conceptual models of regional flow, chemistry and quality, well hydraulics, aquifer characteristics, resource development, detection of pollutants, and contaminant transport. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4140 - Inorganic Geochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Principles of inorganic geochemistry. Geochemistry of the earth and solar system, isotopic geochronometers, thermodynamics and rates of geochemical processes, chemical weathering, chemical compositions of surface and groundwater. Three hours lecture per week.

GEOL 4150 - Environmental Applications of Hydrogeology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 4130. An advanced course in hydrogeology that emphasizes applied methods for assessing hazardous and solid waste facilities and contaminated ground water remediation techniques. Included will be site characterization methods, ground water sampling procedures, and monitoring well installation techniques. Three hours lecture per week.

GEOL 4170 - Applied Geochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GEOL 4140. Theory and application of geochemical techniques to the study of geologic problems. Sample preparation and analysis of geologic materials using departmental instrumentation. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

GEOL 4571 - Internship in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Major or minor in geology; 15 hours of geology/geography with junior or senior standing; permission of employer and department. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geologic work. Counted as a free elective, not as a part of major or minor requirement. After completion of one internship, 4571 or GEOL 4572, the other may be taken (total of six credits).

GEOL 4572 - Internship in Geology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Major or minor in geology; 15 hours of geology/geography with junior or senior standing; permission of employer and department. Practical experience for students in a professional setting relating to geologic work. Counted as a free elective, not as a part of major or minor requirement. After completion of one internship, GEOL 4571 or 4572, the other may be taken (total of six credits).

GEOL 4580 - Seminar in Geology
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: Senior standing in geology. A reading and discussion seminar in which current topics in the geological sciences are examined to broaden the major's knowledge of the scope and literature of the discipline.