Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science program is designed for those interested in a professional career in geology, or for those students who intend to pursue graduate study in Geology.

Bachelor of ScienceTo obtain the B.S. degree, the student completes courses concerning minerals, rocks, landforms, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry, and field mapping, among others. These courses are supplemented by courses such as introductory chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics. Download the Roadmap to the B.S. in Geology for the official reference to the degree program.

For additional information about our undergraduate program, please contact an undergraduate advisor in Geology.

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General Requirements

  • At least 42 semester credits must be taken in upper division courses (30000-level and above).
  • At least 36 semester credits must be taken in Kent CORE courses.
  • At least 121 semester credits of approved coursework must be completed successfully.
  • GEOL 21062 Environmental Earth Sciences or GEOL 21080 All About the Oceans may be substituted for GEOL 11040 with Departmental permission.
  • Requires completion of GEOL 41092, Summer Field Camp.
  • A 2.00 cumulative grade-point average both overall and in the major, is necessary to graduate.

General College Physics II (4) and General College Physics Lab II (1) or
General Chemistry II (4) and General Chemistry Lab II (1) or
GIS (4)

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOL 11040 How the Earth Works 3
GEOL 11041 How the Earth Works Lab 1
GEOL 11042 Earth and Life through Time 3
GEOL 11043 Earth and Life through Time Lab 1
GEOL 22000 Introductory Geology Seminar 1
GEOL 23063 Earth Materials I 4
GEOL 31070 Earth Materials II 4
GEOL 31080 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 34061 Invertebrate Paleontology 4
GEOL 41092 Summer Field Camp 6
GEOL 44070 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
  and 15-16 GEOL elective credits 15-16
MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 10062 General Chemistry Lab I 1
PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
PHY 13021 General College Physics Lab I 1
BSCI 10110 or
BSCI 10002
Biological Diversity (4) or
Life on Planet Earth (3)
GEOL 42035 or
MATH 30011
Scientific Methods in Geology (3) or
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
PHY 13002 and 13022 or
CHEM 10061 and 10063 or
GEOG 49070
General College Physics II (4) and General College Physics Lab II (1) or
General Chemistry II (4) and General Chemistry Lab II (1) or
GIS (4)
  Total 75-78