Undergraduate Major:Geology (the Training Base for Geosciences)

1. Major Introduction

Geology is a subject focusing on composition, internal texture and structure, formation and evolutionary history of the earth. Students with a geology major (Science Based Class) have a broad interest in natural science, a solid foundation of geological theory, knowledge, geology skills and rich experience of field practice, and are familiar with the basic research procedures and methods, know the process of information collection and processing of geology and related geological resources, geochemistry and geophysics.
The geology major (Science Based Class) is an integration of the undergraduate and postgraduate study phase. During the first three years, students systematically learn the basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, and basic geological theory and do field geological practice. In the fourth year, students of this major start to be educated in the mode of postgraduate training. After graduation, most students continue to further their study in geology or in related domains, and some can be occupied in the area of scientific research and education in institutes and colleges as well as management in government departments.

2. Academic Objectives

Students majoring in geology (Science Based Class) have a broad foundation of natural science knowledge, and systematically master the basic theory, knowledge and skill of geology and related subjects. They also understand the basic theory research of geology in relation to frontier issues and developing trends, and know well about the basic geological research process, experimental method, information collection and analytical skills, as well as being able to use computer aiding to complete calculations and the expression of research results.

3. Academic Requirements

Graduated students should meet the national requirements of physical education and military training standard for college students in fitness and health. They will have a solid foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry with good scientific literacy and a spirit of cooperation. Students should master basic geology knowledge, theory and skills based on systemic learning of the curriculum, including disciplinary fundamental courses and specialized core courses. They will be familiar with the basic research program of geological science, practice and experimental methods, and know the experimental facilities that back up the research and development of geology with preliminary ability for scientific research and related production work after systemically training with practice education and cultivation of innovation and entrepreneurship. Students should be able to conduct bibliographic retrieval and access information, and well understand the recent status, frontier issues, major problems and developing trends in mainly research fields of geology, and have the ability to solve problems with innovation.

4. Length of Schooling and Degree

The length of schooling is four years of full-time study. Students will be awarded the Bachelor Degree of Science when they have completed the required minimum credits and have met all other requirements.

5. Core Courses

Specialized Core Curses: Remote Sensing Geology, Geochemistry, Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology, Sedimentology and Palaeogeography, Regional Geology and Tectonics, Geomicrobiology, Regional Geological Survey, Introduction to Ore Geology, Specialty English for Geology, Geophysics, Fluid Inclusion, Regional Geology of China.

Practice Courses: Physics Experiments, Chemistry Experiments, Geological Survey Field Trip in Beidaihe, Geological Survey Field Trip in Zhoukoudian, Advanced Geological Field Training in Yanshan Region, Geological Field Trip, Graduation Thesis.