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Geological Sciences

Major in Geological Sciences—B.A.

The B.A. Major in Geological Sciences 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. The B.A. in Geological Sciences also offers a transcriptable concentration area in Atmospheric Science.


Students must complete 31 credit hours with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300–400 level, 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.
    • coursework at the 200, 300, or 400 level to reach a minimum of 25 credit hours in geological sciences.
  2. Students must complete 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.

Atmospheric Science Concentration Area

Students pursuing the Atmospheric Concentration in the Geological Sciences B.A. must complete:

  • GEOL G122 and G340;
  • at least 15 credit hours chosen from GEOL G118, G328, G339, G347, G364, G434, G437, G438, G448, G456, G470, G474, G476, and X498.