About this Bachelor's Degree

The geology program offers a curriculum based on courses in liberal arts and sciences and culminates in upper-division geology courses.

Geology courses explore a range of Earth science topics that collectively inform effective management and sustainable utilization of natural resources. Courses discuss:

  • Minerals
  • Fossils
  • Rocks
  • Development and history of Earth
  • Marine geology
  • Oceanic processes
  • Marine geochemistry
  • Groundwater
  • Rivers
  • Coastlines
  • Landforms
  • Energy resources
  • Soils
  • Natural hazards
  • Other natural phenomena

The B.S. program of study consists of 67 credit hours of non-geology courses and 57 credit hours of geology courses for a total of 124 credits.

The purpose of the baccalaureate program is to prepare the graduate for professional positions in the environmental and energy job sectors.

The program further provides the foundation for graduate study in geology, as well as advanced-level careers.

Graduates are qualified for careers at all levels of government and in private industry. Recent graduates are employed to:

  • Explore sources of energy and water
  • Manage natural resources
  • Inform practical approaches to remediate environmental problems
  • Help understand and restore natural ecosystems

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • Students will have adequate content knowledge of the basic areas of geology (mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, geomorphology, and stratigraphy) to succeed in careers as professional geologists.
  • Students will be able to use both print and online resources for geological research and write papers that show technical writing skills, knowledge of the geological content, and the ability to synthesize and think critically.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make technical oral presentations.   
  • Students will have both basic computer skills (spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and graphics) and specialized software applications training, including GIS, remote sensing, computer-aided map production, and analysis of geological data.
  • Students will be able to apply their content knowledge of geology to make field observations, produce geologic maps, cross-sections, and stratigraphic columns, and use this information to understand the geologic history of the field area.