Department of Geology
Department Chair: Mark Lovell
Department Secretary: Jeanine Nielson (208) 496-1905
Department Faculty: Robb ClaytonGlenn EmbreeRoger HogganMark LovellDan Moore

 
Introduction
Students interested in Physical or Life Science and who enjoy the opportunity to work outdoors as well as the laboratory may find a satisfying and well paying career in geology. Geology professions provide experiences suited for those who enjoy working as teams as well as those who enjoy tackling projects on their own. Careers include opportunities in mineral or energy exploration and development, geological engineering, geophysics, environmental geology, water resources, computer application to geology, paleontology, and many other related fields. Careers also exist in education, consulting firms, and with local and federal government agencies. The broad academic background of a geology major would also prepare one for careers in business, law, or many other fields. The entry level for most jobs is a master's degree but some employment opportunities require only a bachelor's degree.

Most geologic concepts are best understood by leaving the classroom and spending time studying the rocks and geologic features where they exist. Outings off campus are described as field experiences. The unique location of BYU-Idaho offers an exceptional opportunity to study geology in the midst of some of the finest geologic settings in the world. Local and regional field trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Snake River Plain volcanic and hydrologic features, Hebgen Lake and Borah Peak earthquake localities, and the Grand Canyon, Arizona, provide for more effective learning, enhanced student understanding of geologic processes, and a better preparation for future careers.

Study of Geology offers the non-science majors an opportunity to fill Physical Science General Education requirements and gain a better understanding of their natural environment.

Geology 102 lab is a hybrid course utilizing both in the classroom learning and online or Internet learning. Taken as the lab with Geology 101 and Geology 104, this class also fulfills the online learning requirement of the University.
 
Natural Science Field Expedition
The Intermountain West is the outdoor classroom for Field Expedition which is taught during the second summer term. This program offers students an experiential approach to the study of Geology, Biology, Religion, and other courses as available. Since these are the only classes taken that term, most of the time is spent in the field away from the BYU-Idaho campus. Field trip fee is $950, which includes a non-refundable fee of $100. Applicants must be accepted by BYU-Idaho before entering this program. For information visit out website accessible from the home page of the Department of Geology http://www2.byui.edu/geology/home/ or contact Mark Lovell (lovellm@byui.edu), telephone (208)496-1903, or Ed Williams home telephone (208)356-6590. Mailing address for both instructors is: Geology Department, BYU-Idaho, Rexburg, ID 83460-0510. Send Applications to: Ed Williams at the address listed.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Geology (740)   
This integrated degree is designed to allow as much flexibility as possible for the individual student. It is strongly recommended that you meet with a faculty member for advising as early as possible to design a curriculum which will meet your specific needs and minimize the time and courses required to complete the program.

The Geology Program is designed to meet two of the tracks offered at BYU-Idaho, Fall-Winter and Summer-Fall. With a strong emphasis on outdoor experiences, each student will be required to attend a summer term to complete their program. Geology majors will take Advanced Field Methods (Geol 410) offered second block of summer.

After consultation with an advisor, students may be able to complete some course requirements by taking classes taught by University of Idaho or Idaho State University in Idaho Falls.
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Take these Courses    
CHEM 105
ENG 316
 
AND
Students choosing Math 112 must have previously completed Math 111.
Take 1 Course    
MATH 110, 112
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
GEOL 111, 111L, 112, 112L, 210, 311, 350, 370, 404, 410, 497
 
        AND
           Take these Courses    
           PH 105, 105L
 
        OR
           Take these Courses    
           PH 121, 150

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    
GEOL 498, 499
 
        AND
           Option A
           Take these Courses    
           MATH 111, 112
 
        OR
           Option B
           Take this Course    
           MATH 113

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take 7 Credits    
GEOG 230
GEOL 380, 390, 412, 420, 435, 440, 445, 480


 
B.S.  in Earth Science Education (840)   
Students planning for a career in education and who enjoy the sciences should consider majoring in Earth Science Education. Nationally, as well as regionally, there is a significant demand for science teachers. An Earth Science Education major can be combined with any education minor. This degree qualifies graduates to teach high school and junior high school classes in earth science, geology, and other areas depending upon which minor is completed.

After consultation with an advisor, students may be able to complete some course requirements by taking classes taught by University of Idaho.

Geology 380 is only offered during 2nd Term of Summer and because of the extensive field trips, students are only allowed to register for courses offered as part of the Natural Science Field Expedition. Completion of prerequisites allow you to take this course any time after your sophomore year. Religion 333 is offered as part of the Field Expedition and could be taken to fill electives credits. Field trip fee for Earth Science Education Majors is $650.00.

For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
 
Minor Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
CHEM 105
CS 100
ENG 316
PH 314
 
AND
Students choosing Math 112 must have previously completed Math 111.
Take 1 Course    
MATH 110, 112

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
GEOL 111, 111L, 112, 112L, 250, 380, 404, 405, 497
MATH 111
PH 127, 127L, 137, 137L

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 252, 280, 322, 410, 492



Minor in  Geology (154)   
A Minor in Geology will provide the student with a solid understanding of basic geologic concepts. Analytical and decision making skills acquired through completion of this minor add depth to those exploring careers in recreation, wildlife management, business, journalism, and almost any other discipline. This is a great minor for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Three required courses are at the heart of the program. Physical Geology addresses the processes that create the surface features of the earth such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, glaciers, etc. Historical Geology explores the changes that have occurred to the land masses and the fauna and flora through geologic time. The Rocks and Minerals class (Geol 250) provides more depth and understanding to mineral identification and the classification of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Students choosing to take Mineralogy/Petrology (Geol 350) must also complete Chem 105. Three additional courses (with at least two of courses being upper division) fulfill the requirements for the minor.
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
GEOL 111L, 112, 112L

AND
Take 1 Course    
GEOL 101, 104, 110, 111

AND
Take 1 Course    
GEOL 250, 350

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 7 Credits    
GEOG 230
GEOL 311, 370, 404, 411, 412, 420, 435, 440, 445, 480

AND
Take 1 Course    
GEOL 210, 380



Minor in  Earth Science Education (181)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Take these Courses    
GEOL 111, 111L, 112, 112L, 250, 497
PH 127, 127L, 137, 137L
 
Course Descriptions

GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
General non-technical course for the non-science student who desires a broad introduction to Geology. Students who take Geology 101 may not also receive credit for Geology 111. This class is also taught as part of the off-campus Discovery and Natural Science Field Expedition programs. Contact the directors of these programs for fees and other information.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
GEOL 102 Introduction to Geology Lab (1:0:1)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Fee:  $7.00
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of Geol 101, 104, or 110.
General experience with (1) mineral and rock identification and interpretation and (2) the use and geologic interpretation of topographic maps.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
GEOL 103 Life of the Past (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
A non-technical study of the development of life and major events of earth history. For non-science students.
 
GEOL 103L Life of the Past Lab (1:0:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Fee:  $7.00
Lecture/lab experience with rock and fossil identification as well as application of basic geologic principles.
 
GEOL 104 Natural Disasters and Resources (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Fee:  $12.00
For the non-science majors emphasizing physical geology related to geologic hazards, mineral and energy resources, and the environmental consequences of urban and rural development.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 110 Earth Science (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of their natural environment and how to relate it to their lives. It will cover basic concepts and methods used in geology, astronomy and meteorology. It helps prepare Education majors with the knowledge necessary to teach these concepts in the classroom.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 110L Earth Science Lab (1:0:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Fee:  $7.00
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Geol 110.
Lab studies and field trips emphasize rock, mineral, and fossil classification and interpretation; map and photo interpretation; as well as weather and astronomical observation and interpretation.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 111 Physical Geology (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
For majors in Geology, Engineering, Forestry, Construction and other programs. Includes a study of our earth and the processes that formed it's features. Students who take Geology 111 must register for Geology 111L. Students who take Geology 111 may not receive credit for Geology 101.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 111L Physical Geology Lab (1:0:2)
Fulfills GE Physical Science requirement.
Fee:  $35.00
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Geol 111 or instructors' consent.
Mineral and rock identification and interpretation, as well as, map and photo interpretation. Students who take Geology 111 lab may not receive credit for Geology 102.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 112 Historical Geology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Geol 101, 104, 110, or 111.
A study of the geological history of the earth and the evolution of it's life forms. For geology and related majors. Students who take Geol 112 may not receive credit for Geol 103. Students taking Geol 112 are required to take Geol 112L.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 112L Historical Geology Lab (1:0:2)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Geol 112.
Two hour lecture/lab per week. Examination of the principles of historical geology, along with the study of fossils, special attention given to identification, type of preservation and environments of fossils. Geologic map studies are included.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 210 Introduction to Field Geology (1:0:0)
Fee:  $120.00
Prerequisite: Geol 112 or instructor’s consent. Must be taken concurrently with Geol 311 and Geol 370.
One week field course covering basic methods of observing, collecting, and recording field data. Students register for this course as part of the fall semester. Field work for the course takes place the week prior to the start of the fall semester.
(Fall)
 
GEOL 250 Rocks and Minerals (4:3:3)
Fee:  $35.00
Prerequisite: Geol 101 & 102, Geol 110 & 102, or Geol 111 & 111L or instructor's consent.
Hand specimen study of common rocks and minerals, including their identification, classification, and interpretation. Recommended for Secondary Earth Science Education majors, and Geology Minors as well as, any other students interested in rocks and minerals. Not for Geology Majors.
(Fall)
 
GEOL 290 Directed Study (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Faculty student consultation will determine a special area of study and/or research problems that will give students greater preparation for advanced work in geology and related fields. Term of enrollment, credit, and other details will be arranged with instructor.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
GEOL 311 Structural Geology (4:3:3)
Fee:  $10.00
Prerequisite: Geol 111 & 112, Geol 350; Phys 105, 121, or 221; Math 111. Must be taken concurrently with Geol 210 and Geol 370.
Fundamentals of rock deformation and rock structures. Introduction to tectonics. Field Trips.
(Summer)
 
GEOL 350 Mineralogy & Petrology (4:3:3)
Fee:  $35.00
Prerequisite: Geol 111 & 112; Chem 105 or 111
The constitution, origin, and identification of minerals. The genesis, interpretation, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
(Fall)
 
GEOL 370 Stratigraphy & Sedimentation (4:3:3)
Fee:  $10.00
Prerequisite: Geol 111 or 101, Geol 112. Must be taken concurrently with Geol 210 and Geol 311.
Sediments, sedimentary rocks, and principles of stratigraphy.
(Fall)
 
GEOL 380 Regional Geology (4:0:0)
Fee:  $650.00
Prerequisite: Geol 101 & 102 or Geol 111 & 111L; Geol 250 or 350, or instructor's concent.
Travel to different geologic regions to learn the local stratigraphy and geologic history. Written reports will summarize observations from each area visited. A final oral presentation, summarizing all observations will take place on campus.
(2nd Summer term)
 
GEOL 390 Directed Studies (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Demonstrated abilities to tackle desired subject.
Directed studies in Geology is designed to allow a student to obtain greater depth of understanding in subject matter not readily available through normal course work.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
GEOL 404 Environmental Geology (3:3:2)
Fee:  $30.00
Prerequisite: Geol 111 or 101 & 102
A detailed look at the environmental issues impacting societies today. Common geologic hazards associated with floods, landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes will be discussed. The course will also focus on the issues of an increasing demand for natural resources by an ever-growing population. Related impacts of waste management and pollution are also addressed.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 405 Methods of Teaching Earth Science (3:2:3)
Prerequisite: Geol 380 or instructor's consent; Ph 127 or 227; Ph 127 This class is best taken the semester before student teaching.
Classroom, lab, and field experiences designed to furnish students with skills necessary to create lesson material, and organize and conduct field trip and laboratory activities. Techniques for preparing visual aids and collecting samples to use in classes and labs will be taught and personal collections of materials will be initiated.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 410 Advanced Field Methods (6:0:46)
Fee:  $250.00
Prerequisite: Geol 311,350,370,Math 110, 111; or instructors concent.
Field experience covering mapping skills: sample data collection; synthesis of field and literature research; and report writing.
(Summer)
 
GEOL 411 Geomorphology (3:3:2)
Fee:  $40.00
Prerequisite: Geol 111 or 101, Math 110/111
Anyalysis of land forms and their geologic and environmental significance.
(Fall 2005, 2007, 2009)
 
GEOL 412 Geological Case Studies (3:5:0)
Prerequisite: Geol 311 & 370
This course will require upper division students to gain detail understanding of the geology of selected locations. The course will necessitate literature research, web site research, and personal communication with experts in the area. This course is taken concurrently with Geology 410.
(Winter, Fall)
 
GEOL 420 Geochemistry (3:3:0)
Fee:  $20
Prerequisite: Geol 111, Chem 105, (Chem 106 recommended)
Applying elementary chemical principles to understand geologic processes and materials.
(Fall, 2005, 2007, 2009)
 
GEOL 435 Hydrology (3:3:2)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Geol 101 & 102 or Geol 111 & 111L, Math 110.
In depth study of hydrologic issues focusing on groundwater. Movement of water in the aquifer, impacts of pumping and management of water as a natural resource are some of the main topics.
(Winter)
 
GEOL 440 Applied GIS (3:2:2)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Geography 230 - Introduction to GIS and one of the following: Geog 101, or Geol 101, Geol 104, Geol 110, Geol 111, or instructors consent.
Applied GIS (Geographic Information Systems) allows students to apply GIS skills to geologic topics and problems with real-world data sets.
(Fall '04, Winter '05, Fall '06, Winter '08, )
 
GEOL 445 Applied Geophysics (3:3:2)
Fee:  $30.00
Prerequisite: MATH 112, PHYS 105 or 121 or 201 or Instructors approval
Learning and applying various geophysical methods to explore and characterize materials in the subsurface. Field trips included.
(Winter/ Fall '04, Winter/Fall '06, Winter/Fall '08)
 
GEOL 480 Paleontology (3:3:2)
Fee:  $50.00
Prerequisite: Geol 112 or a general biology class.
Distribution, morphology, paleoecology, and evolution of organisms in the geologic record. Includes vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant life.
(Fall '05, Fall '06, Winter '08, Fall '08)
 
GEOL 497 Geology Seminar (0:1:0)
Prerequisite: Geol 112.
Seminars on various geologic topics by invited speakers.
(Winter , Summer, Fall)
 
GEOL 498 Geology Internship (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: To have completed at least through junior level geology courses.
An on-the-job experience related to the area of geological sciences.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
GEOL 499 Senior Project (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Completion of senior level courses in geology. English 316 should have been completed also.
A course which includes original research or field work and results in a publishable paper.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)