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

ENGL 101 or 105 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 1)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BS Writing 2)3 
MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, Major Pre-requisite)4MATH 126 (Major Pre-requisite)4 
Humanities (Goal 3 Humanities, BS Code H Course 1 of 2)3PHSX 211
  & PHSX 216 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pre-requisite)
GEOL 101
  & GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
5GEOL 304 (Major Requirement )13 
 15 14 
Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, BS Writing 3)33Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science, BS Code S Course 1 of 2)3GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)22
CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5 
BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)4BIOL 152 (Major Pre-reqisite)4 
GEOL 311 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)14 
 15 16 2
Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, BS Code S Course 2 of 2)3GEOL 521 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)23
Humanities (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, BS Code H Course 2 of 2)3GEOL 552 (Major Requirement)13 
EECS 138 or CPE 121 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)14 
GEOL 351 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 541 (Major Requirement)14COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication, BS Communication)3 
 16 16 3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 572 (Major Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3 
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43Elective (Total Hours)3 
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3 
 12 12 
Total Hours: 121

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.


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


The Environmental Geology concentration must complete at least 9.0 hours of additional major course work at the 500-level or above. A list of recommended courses can be found on 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.