Departments & Programs

Geological Sciences

Major in Geological Sciences—B.A.


The B.A. in geology provides a broadly based background in the fundamentals of the geological sciences. It offers maximum flexibility in course selection to enhance interdisciplinary study and makes a double major easily accessible to students in related fields.

Required Courses

Students must complete 31 credit hours, including the following:

1. 25 credit hours of courses in the geological sciences, to include

  • At least one course at the 100 level, with a maximum of three courses
  • At least one course at the 200 level, with a maximum of two courses
  • At least one course at the 300 level
  • At least one course of 3 or more credits at the 400 level
  • Course work at the 200, 300, or 400 level to reach a minimum of 25 credit hours in geological sciences

2. At least 6 additional credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences courses that carry Natural and Mathematical Sciences Breadth of Inquiry credit, chosen from a department or departments other than Geological Sciences.

Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.