Degree plan

General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs♦:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊* AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊*

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. *AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • AND

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • AND

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course*

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs. *
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • CSC 101 - Computer Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • CSC 101L - Computer Science I Laboratory 1 hr.
  •  

  • CSS 330 - Introduction to Programming 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • GLY 401 - Principles of Stratigraphy 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • GLY 401 - Principles of Stratigraphy 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • GLY 478 - Geological Field and Research Methods 4 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (49-60 hours)


  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs. *
  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • GLY 301 - Mineralogy 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 301L - Mineralogy Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 304 - Petrology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 304L - Petrology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 308 - Structural Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 308L - Structural Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 310 - Geomorphology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 310L - Geomorphology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 341 - Invertebrate Paleontology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 341L - Invertebrate Paleontology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 401 - Principles of Stratigraphy 3 hrs. (WI) (SI)

  • GLY 405 - Sedimentology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 405L - Sedimentology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 478 - Geological Field and Research Methods 4 hrs. (Capstone)
  • GLY 480 - Field Geology 6 hrs.
Select 12 additional hours of 400-level GLY courses:

Excluding:

  • GLY 406 - Fundamentals of Crystallography 1 hr. AND
  • GLY 406L - Fundamentals of Crystallography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 430 - Principles of Geology for Science Teachers 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 430L - Principles of Geology for Science Teachers Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 492 - Special Problems in Geology 1-6 hrs.
  • GLY 498 - Senior Thesis 3 hrs.
Must include 9 hours from

  • GLY 443 - Calcareous Micropaleontology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 443L - Calcareous Micropaleontology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 444 - Siliceous Micropaleontology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 444L - Siliceous Micropaleontology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 450 - Geological Marine Science 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 450L - Geological Marine Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • An approved 400-level course from MAR or COA.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (33-35 hours)


  • MAT 167 - Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 3 hrs. ♦*
  • MAT 168 - Calculus II with Analytic Geometry 3 hrs.

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. *AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr. *
Select 1 course:

  • CSC 211
  • MAT 169 - Calculus III with Analytic Geometry 3 hrs.
Select 1 sequence:

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • AND

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr. *
  •  

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • AND

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
Note:

+Must take Science courses not used to satisfy the GEC 02. Science Requirement. All courses or course options in this category must be taken for the degree, but cannot be retaken to satisfy this requirement.

DEG 03. Electives


Choose electives as needed. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


♦ Calculus is required for this major. Students may enter MAT 167 directly if Math ACT sub score is 26 or higher. If Math ACT sub score is 24-25, MAT 103 must be completed. If Math ACT sub score is less than 24, MAT 101 and MAT 103 must be completed.

Hours to Degree


124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Geology with an emphasis in Marine. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.