Earth and Ocean Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Sand Dunes National MonumentThe B.S. degree in geology focuses on scientific study of Earth; common rocks and minerals, processes that form and alter basic Earth materials, and key events in the geologic evolution of the planet. Specifically, the B.S. in geology is designed for students intending to pursue advanced studies in geology or who intend to pursue licensure as a professional geologist. Because geology continues to become more integrative, technical and global in its approach, the B.S. in geology program encourages students to develop basic proficiencies in mathematics, chemistry, and physics in addition to effective oral and written communication skills including computer literacy.

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Geology (Catalogue link with course descriptions)

Student Learning Outcomes for the B.S. degree in Geology

1: Students should understand and be able to apply the scientific method to geologic problems

2: Students should demonstrate the ability to:

  • critically read,
  • logically evaluate, and
  • effectively communicate geological data, problems, and issues

3: Students should be able to identify and describe:

  • Common rocks and minerals
  • Processes that form and later basic Earth Materials
  • Key events in the evolution of the Earth

4: Students must

  • analyze and interpret geological data in both laboratory and field settings,
  • apply practical methods and techniques, and
  • integrate their knowledge of mathematics and other natural sciences to evaluate arguments, and solve problems