Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Geology with a concentration in Earth and Space Science. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

SpringHours FallHours
ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 2)3 ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 1)3
MATH 126 (Major Pre-requisite)4 MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, Major Pre-requisite)4
CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5 CHEM 130 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pred-requisite)5
LA&S 291 (UKAN Teach)1 BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)4
GEOL 101
  & GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
5 LA&S 290 (UKAN Teach)1
 18  17
Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science, BS Code S Course 1 of 2) GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)32Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, BS Writing 3)13
HIST 510 (Goal 3 Humanities, BS Code H Course 2 of 2, UKAN Teach)3 Humanities Course (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, BS Code H Course 1 of 2) 
PHSX 212
  & PHSX 236 (Major Pre-requisite)
4 MATH 127 (Major Pre-requisite)4
C&T 360 (UKAN Teach)3 PHSX 211
  & PHSX 216 (Major Pre-requisite)
BIOL 152 (Major Pre-requisite)4 GEOL 311
  & GEOL 312 (Major Requirement)2
 14 2 16
GEOL 304 (Major Requirement)23GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requiremen)33COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication, BS Communication)3
GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)24 Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, BS Code S Course 2 of 2) 
GEOL 521
  & GEOL 523 (Major Requirement)2
4 ATMO 105 (Major Requirement)5
C&T 460 (UKAN Teach)3 C&T 366 (UKAN Teach)3
ASTR 191 (Major Requirement)3 C&T 448 (UKAN Teach)3
 17 3 14
SpringHours FallHours
C&T 500 (UKAN Teach)1-6 Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
C&T 598 (UKAN Teach)1-5 CHEM 598 (Major Requirement)3
  GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)24
  Earth & Space Science Elective - GEOL or ASTR (Major Requirement)43
  Earth & Space Science Elective - GEOL or ASTR (Major Requirement)43
 2-11  16
Total Hours: 119-128

Geology BS majors are required to complete a third English, and a list of possible courses can be found under the Degree Requirements tab. 


All major required Geology courses and most Geology elective courses numbered 300 and above are offered once a year, either in the fall, spring or summer term.


GEOL 360, GEOL 560, and GEOL 561 are offered only in the summer.


The Earth and Space Science concentration must complete electives in one of the following two areas: Geology Focus or Astronomy Focus. Course specifics are listed under the Degree Requirements tab. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.