Bachelor of Science
Explore the world from the ground up with a degree in geoscience.
The curriculum is designed in part to prepare students for professional geologist licensing exams administered by the National Association of State Board of Geology.
What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in geoscience?
- Economic Geologist
- Engineering Geologist
- Environmental Geologist
- Geoscience Educator
- Petroleum Geologist
Concentrations (select one)
Geographic Information Systems
This 20-hour program provides students with a general overview of GIS mapping and analysis.
This 18-hour program is designed for students who wish to earn a geoscience credential while majoring in another field, often biology, chemistry, math, or engineering.
This 15-17-hour program complements degrees in all areas of science by providing a unique insight into the physical sciences.
- Identify and interpret the genesis of minerals, rocks, and fossils in hand samples and outcrops.
- Identify and interpret stratigraphic sequences, sedimentary structures, unconformities, depositional contacts, intrusive contacts, faults contacts, and geologic structures observed in the field.
- Interpret topographic maps, geologic maps, aerial imagery, and satellite imagery when conducting research or solving geologic problems.
- Demonstrate mastery of field methods including taking accurate and reliable field notes; constructing geologic maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns; and interpreting the geologic history of an area on the basis of observed field relations.
- Use computer software to analyze geographic data and create graphs, GIS maps, and other images for presentations or written reports.
- Apply geological theories, methods, and concepts to solve geologic problems.
- Concisely articulate geologic knowledge, observations, and interpretations in oral presentations.
- Prepare geologic reports that are thoroughly researched, well organized, concisely written, and clearly illustrated.
- Function ethically, independently, and collaboratively with others in the profession.
There is no accrediting agency for geosciences programs in the United States. Instead, our curriculum is designed in part to prepare students for licensing exams for professional geologists administered by the National Association of State Boards of Geology.