Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Geology with a concentration in Geophysics. 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 (Major Pre-requisite)
5 
GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)
5GEOL 304 (Major Requirement)13 
 15 15 
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, BS Writing 3)23Humanities (Goal 4.1 US Diversity, BS Code H Course 2 of 2)3GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)32
MATH 127 (Major Pre-requisite)4COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication, BS Communication)3 
CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5PHSX 212
PHSX 236
4 
GEOL 311
GEOL 312 (Major Requirement)1
4GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)4 
 MATH 290 (Major Pre-requisite)2 
 16 16 2
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science, BS Code S Course 1 of 2)3Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, BS Code S Course 2 of 2)3GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement )33
MATH 320 (Major Pre-requisite)3PHSX 313 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOL 561 (Major Requirement)33
EECS 138 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOL 512 (Major Requirement)13 
GEOL 572 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)14 
 12 13 6
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours 
PHSX 521 (Major Pre-requisite)3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3 
Additional GEOL Course (Major Requirement)43Additional GEOL Course (Major Requirement)43 
Technical Required Elective (Major Requirement)53Additional GEOL Course (Major Requirement)43 
EECS 220 or PHSX 531 (Major Pre-requisite)3-4Technical Required Elective Course (Major Requirement)53 
 12-13 12 
Total Hours: 119-120
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

Majors with a concentration in Geophysics are required to complete 9.0 hours of additional Geology courses. A list of possible courses can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.  

5

Majors with a concentration in Geophysics are required to complete 6.0 hours of Technical Required Elective courses. A list of courses 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.