I'm so glad I found this site!
First allow me introduce myself. I am 29, married with two little boys, self employed currently as a web designer and pursuing my BS in Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri Columbia. Originally I was a high school drop out who has in my time having gone back to college can say I proudly maintain a 4.0 on top of all the aforementioned responsibilities. I believe my failures in high school have molded me into who I am today as my drive for learning is phenomenal. I live each day with the a paraphrased thought from Thomas Edison, "those who give up, never realize how close to success they are."
As previously mentioned, I am pursuing a BS in Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri. I have all of my Gen Eds out of the way and currently am focusing on the core of the curriculum. My ultimate goal is to move on to the University of Science and Technology at Rolla for my Masters in Geophysics. While working in Petroleum sounds rewarding, I also have a fascination with Groundwater, Hydrology, and Karst Features. One problem I am running into is because I am so driven with my pursuit of learning, I believe I am clouding my college path with wrong choices and classes that may not benefit me later on. Another note, I have discovered that since I am taking the Geology courses that are Calculus driven, the required physics and math courses I have to take, I'm only 4 classes away from being able to declare a minor in each.
I believe the best way to help you help me is to list my current plans and see what you guys think. Followed as is, I will graduate in 3 years.
If I have jumped around too much or confused you, I apologize and please ask for clarification should it be needed.
= Core Classes BOLD ITALICS
= Required for Minor ITALICS
BS in Geological Sciences "Calculus Professional Track"
Minor in Physics
Minor in MathFALL 2014GEOL 1150
- Physical Geology for Scientists and EngineersMATH 1500
- Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1CHEM 1320
- College Chemistry 1
NAT_R 3290 - Hyrdologic Measurement (Writing Intensive Requirement Elective)SPRING 2015GEOL 2350 + 2360
- Historical Geology & LabMATH 1700
- Calculus 2PHYSICS 2750
- University PhysicsCHEM 1330
- College Chemistry 2SUMMER 2015MATH 2300
- Calculus 3FALL 2015GEOL 3250
- MineralogyGEOL 2400
- Suficial Earth Processes and LandformsPHYSICS 2670
- University Physics 2MATH 4315
- Introduction to Mathematical StatisticsSPRING 2016GEOL 3800
- SedimentologyGEOL 4150
- Structural GeologyMATH 4100
- Differential EquationsMATH 4310
- Numerical Linear AlgebraGEOL 2600
- Mineral and Energy Resources of the EarthSUMMER 2016GEOL 4992
- 2 Month Field CourseFALL 2016GEOL 3300
- Introduction to GeochemistryGEOL 4650
- Plate TectonicsPHYSICS 3150
- Introduction to Modern PhysicsPHYSICS 4120
- Introduction to ThermodynamicsSCI_AG_J 2210
- Communicating Science to the Public (Humanities and Fine Arts Elective)SPRING 2017GEOL 4900
- Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology with LabGEOL 4800
- Introduction to GeophysicsGEOL 4110
- Karst HydrologyGEOL 4130
- Groundwater ModelingPHYSICS 4550