Paleontology, B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.50

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.50

Program Code: B760

Major Requirements

In order to progress in your curriculum, and as a specific graduation requirement, a grade of C or better is required in each course listed in the curriculum. All prerequisite courses must also be completed with a grade of C or better before proceeding to the next course.

GEOL 1114Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors4
GEOL 1124Earth History4
GEOL 2224Introduction to Mineral Sciences4
GEOL 3223Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GEOL 3233Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentology3
GEOL 3114Structural Geology4
GEOL 4113Depositional Systems and Stratigraphy3
GEOL 3513Fundamentals of Invertebrate Paleontology3
GEOL 3123Introductory Field Geology3
GEOL 4513Evolutionary Paleobiology 13
GEOL 4413 13
GEOL 4136Field Geology6
GPHY 4413Global Geophysics3
or GEOL 4223 Principles of Geochemistry (Slashlisted with 5223)
Total Credit Hours46

Major Support Requirements

MATH 2423Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 13
MATH 2433Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 13
CHEM 1415General Chemistry (Continued)5
or CHEM 1435 General Chemistry II: Signature Course
BIOL 1124Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys4
BIOL 20133
BIOL 3403Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 4204Vertebrate Paleobiology4
ENGL 3153Technical Writing3
or GEOL 3333 Geowriting
Math/Science Elective (list maintained by the department) 23
Total Credit Hours31

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and college requirements must be from the approved General Education course list at http://www.ou.edu/content/gened/courses.htmlCourses graded P/NP will not apply

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

At least three hours of Upper-Division General Education coursework must be completed outside the major.

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-10 hours)
(0-10 hours in the same language) Students who have not completed two years of the same language in high school are required to take two college courses in the same language
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Mathematics (minimum 3 hours)
MATH 1823Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 13-4
or MATH 1914 Differential and Integral Calculus I
Core Area II: Natural Science (minimum 7 hours, 2 courses)
CHEM 1315General Chemistry (Science with Lab) 15
or CHEM 1335 General Chemistry I: Signature Course
PHYS 2514General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors 14
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities - one must be Upper Division (3000-4000-level)
Artistic Forms (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list.3
Western Culture (6 hours)
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (Excluding HIST 1483 and HIST 1493)3
World Culture (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours39-50

ADDITIONAL MEWBORNE COLLEGE OF EARTH & ENERGY REQUIREMENT

PHYS 2524General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors4
Total Credit Hours4

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

Students who have not completed two years of the same language in high school are required to take two college courses in the same language. This additional coursework may add 6-10 hours to the minimum hours required for graduation.

In order to progress in your curriculum, and as a specific graduation requirement, a grade of C or better is required in each course in this curriculum. Students must also successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better before proceeding to the next course.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH 1823 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 3
GEOL 1114 Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors 4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3 3
General Education Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
MATH 2423 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 1 3
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 2 5
GEOL 1124 Earth History 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
MATH 2433 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 1 3
GEOL 2224 Introduction to Mineral Sciences 4
BIOL 1124 Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys 4
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry (Continued) 2 5
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
PHYS 2514 General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors (Core II) 4
GEOL 3233 Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentology 3
GEOL 3223 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3
Math/Science Elective from approved list maintained by the department 7 3
 Credit Hours13
Junior
First Semester
GEOL 3114 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 3513 Fundamentals of Invertebrate Paleontology 3
GEOL 4113 Depositional Systems and Stratigraphy 3
PHYS 2524 General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors 4
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
GEOL 3123 Introductory Field Geology 3
ENGL 3153
Technical Writing 5
or Geowriting
3
Choose one (offered alternating Spring semesters): 4 3-7
Evolutionary Paleobiology  
GEOL 4413
BIOL 4204

and Vertebrate Paleobiology
 
General Education Western Culture (Core IV) 3 3
 Credit Hours12-16
Summer
GEOL 4136 Field Geology 6
 Credit Hours6
Senior
First Semester
GPHY 4413
Global Geophysics 6
or Principles of Geochemistry (Slashlisted with 5223)
3
BIOL 2013 3
BIOL 3403 Principles of Ecology 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
General Education Social Science (Core III) 3 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Choose one (offered alternating Spring semesters): 4 3-7
Evolutionary Paleobiology  
GEOL 4413
BIOL 4204

and Vertebrate Paleobiology
 
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
General Education World Culture (Core IV) 3 3
 Credit Hours9-13
 Total Credit Hours120