Bachelor of Science in Geology

Our program is field, laboratory, and computer oriented, utilizing state-of-the-art GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies in coursework. You’ll engage in fieldwork in some of the most spectacular geologic sites in North America and numerous National Parks will be at your doorstep, including:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Bryce
  • Zion
  • Death Valley

You’ll take a set of core courses and may select an emphasis or set of classes that focuses on a particular specialty by your junior year, including:

  • environmental geology
  • paleontology
  • geophysics
  • hydrogeology

If you don’t want to specialize, you’ll select our "general geology" emphasis.

Contact our adviser for more information.

For a recommended 4-year course plan, please view the Progression Plan for your major through the Gateway Student Success Center.

Honors in Geology

If you earn excellent grades and successfully complete a research project, you may be eligible to receive departmental honors upon graduation—consult with your adviser.  To obtain departmental honors, you must:

  • have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better
  • have a GPA of 3.5 or better in all classes with a GLG prefix
  • take at least four hours of GLG 485 with a written research product
  • or at least one hour of GLG 485 and three hours of GLG 49
  • or author an abstract or article in a refereed publication, to the satisfaction of the supervising faculty member and departmental undergraduate committee
  • prior to graduation, obtain written endorsements from the faculty member who supervised your research and the departmental undergraduate committee