Courses for a Degree in Geology

Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials, structures and history.

For this major you’ll take lots of geology classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a geologist.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in geology:

Geology Courses:

  • Introduction to Geology
  • Geology Lab
  • Mineralogy and Chemistry of the Earth
  • Mineral Structures and Equilibria Lab
  • The Sedimentology and Surface Processes
  • Field Investigation
  • Petrology + Lab
  • Paleontology + Lab
  • Stratigraphy
  • Intro to Field Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Geophysics/ Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
  • (5) Geology Elective Courses

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology