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

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours 
ENGL 101 (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)
5 
GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
5GEOL 304 (Major Requirement)13 
 15 15 
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, BS Writing 3)2 Humanities (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, BS Code H Course 2 of 2)3GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)32
COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication, BS Communication)3Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science, BS Code S Course 1 of 2)  
CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5EECS 138 (Major Pre-requisite)3 
GEOL 311
GEOL 312 (Major Requirement)1
4CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5 
 GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)14 
 12 15 2
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, BS Code S Course 2 of 2)3BIOL 152 (Major Pre-requisite)4GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)33
PHSX 212
PHSX 236 (Major Pre-requisite)
4GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)14GEOL 561 (Major Requirement)33
BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)4GEOL 512
GEOL 513 (Major Requirement)1
4 
GEOL 532 (Major Requirement)14GEOL 500+ Elective - First Category (Major Requirement)43 
 15 15 6
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours 
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3GEOL 521
GEOL 523 (Major Requirement)1
4 
GEOL 572 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 500+ Elective - Third Category43 
GEOL 500+ Elective - Second Category (Major Requirement)43GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)  
 15 13 
Total Hours: 123
1

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.. 

2
Geology BS majors are required to complete a third English, and a list of possible courses can be found under the Degree Requirements tab.
3

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

4

Geology majors must complete 18.0 hours of elective coursework, and three courses must come from each of the following categories: Life; Rocks; Water and Climate. A complete course list can be found 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.

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.