/ Geological and Environmental Science Department

Degree Programs

The GES department administers separate programs in environmental science and geology. You can pursue either of these topics independently, or combine them both to specialize in environmental aspects of geology.

Geology

Geology is an interdisciplinary science with strong connections to a variety of fields, including biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and business. If you are interested in geology, see the range of degree options to match your goals below.

Environmental Science

Environmental science is even more interdisciplinary than geology. If you have a strong interest in the scientific aspects of environmental work, the GES department's environmental science minor is a great choice. If your focus is more in the humanities, check out the separate environmental studies minor. Degree options are listed below.

Degree Programs

Geology

Bachelor of Arts Geology Major

The Bachelor of Arts major in geology requires 36 credits in geology and ancillary sciences. It is a good choice for students who are broadly exploring the liberal arts and want a general liberal arts degree. It is also a good choice for students who want to double major, want to pair the major with an environmental science minor, or choose geology as a major later in their college career.

View the Bachelor of Arts geology major in the course catalog 

Bachelor of Science Geology Major

The Bachelor of Science major in geology requires 60 credits in geology and ancillary sciences. It is meant for students who want to work in an Earth science profession or continue their education in graduate school.

View the Bachelor of Science geology major in the course catalog 

Geology Minor

The geology minor is a minimum of 16 credits. The minor is a good way to document an interest in geology, whether paired with a major in one of the other sciences, in education or in the humanities.

View the geology minor in the course catalog 

Geochemistry Major

Students interested in geochemistry can complete a composite major. Consult with the chairs of the chemistry and GES departments to learn more about this option.

View the geochemistry composite major in the course catalog 

Geophysics Major

Students interested in geophysics can complete a composite major. Consult with the chair of the GES department to learn more about this option.

View the geophyics composite major in the course catalog 

Geology for Education Students

The GES department partners with the education department to prepare students who seek certification to teach geology or Earth science at the elementary and secondary levels. Consult with the Department of Education for detailed requirements.

Review degree options and requirements at the education department website 

Environmental Science

Environmental Science Minor

The environmental science minor has been an excellent choice for students who want a career in environmental science. It has a strong science focus and requires a semester of general chemistry before taking most courses in the minor. You pair the minor with a major in a different discipline, whether geology, biology, chemistry, engineering or fields beyond the sciences such as communication or sociology. You build not only a strong foundation in your major discipline but also an additional set of science courses that further prepares you for environmental study, so having a major + more science puts you ahead of the typical graduate.

The minor consists of 14 credits, plus two courses from your major that have been flagged as being particularly relevant to environmental science.

View the environmental science minor in the course catalog 

Environmental Studies Minor

This minor includes some courses taught by the GES department, but it is a separate program with its own director.

View the environmental studies minor in the course catalog