Bachelor of Science in Geosciences - Geology Option

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs require three semesters of mathematics in calculus and/or statistics, one year of chemistry and one year of calculus-based physics. In addition, support courses in the sciences are required. Courses may not be offered every year. A six-credit-hour course in field geology is required and must be taken at another university. Students graduating with a B.S. degree in Geosciences usually enter a professional career in the geosciences or further their education at the graduate level before working professionally in the geosciences.

Geosciences case in Keplinger Hall

Mineral Collection Adds Interest and Color

The family of Ed Siereveld donated his collection of minerals to the Geosciences Department.

The mineral collection currently being enjoyed by all visitors, students, faculty, and staff in the atrium on the main floor in Keplinger Hall was donated to the Geosciences Department by Arlene Siereveld of Wagoner, Oklahoma, to highlight the work of her late husband, Ed.

Ed was an electrical engineer, educator, and avid rock collector. His enjoyment of the vast collection extended to education. He would have classrooms of school children visit the basement of his home where the collection was always on display.

The specimens come from all over the world, sometimes with the same mineral represented from many different countries, such as the deep green Malachite minerals. There is beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli from Badakshan, Afghanistan and a lovely purple specimen called Charioite – found only in Russia. The collection also features many excellent specimens from the United States.

The collection was cataloged and photographed by Catherine Webster, currently the lab coordinator in the Geosciences Department. She also cleaned and filled the display cabinet with the specimens. There are many more pieces of interest and beauty that will be added to the case in the future.

All specimens are labeled with their name, location, and chemical formula. This information provides opportunities for students to learn more about the world around them. Ed Siereveld would be pleased with the attention his collection receives on a daily basis.

Students are encouraged to take minors in associated technical fields. Minors in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Petroleum Engineering and Computer Sciences are among the many minors available. Students may also minor in areas of special interest.

Course Requirements

Courses  Credits 
Mathematical Sciences 14 hours
Chemistry 8 hours
Physics 8 hours
Geology 41 hours
Sciences, Mathematics, or Engineering Electives 18 hours
General Electives 18 hours
Humanities, Social Sciences, and English 24 hours
TOTAL 131 hours

Please note that students are required to follow the course balance sheet on which they enrolled. This may vary from the information reflected on this site. Students should contact the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences Advising Office for a copy of their active balance sheets.