Why study geology?

Because its leadership role among geoscience programs advances higher learning and serves society through the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Geology Programs

The B.S. program provides intensive training in geology and other sciences. B.S. majors may emphasize traditional geology, environmental geology (with a specialized track in hydrogeology), engineering geology, geophysics, or earth and space science licensure. The hydrogeology track, the engineering geology option, and the geophysics option combine basic training in geology with training in mathematics, engineering, physics, and geophysics. The environmental geology option combines training in geology with many different sciences.

Degree requirements may be altered to suit particular needs of a student upon petition to the undergraduate studies committee and in consultation with a geology faculty advisor. Special consideration is given to students with strong backgrounds in supporting sciences and students with superior records who decide to major in geology late in their programs.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students interested in geology, especially in the B.S. degree, should see a department advisor as soon as possible. They should enroll in mathematics, chemistry, and English in addition to Introduction to Geology and electives. Students should take GEOL 360 as soon as possible.

Advising

Developing a strong relationship with a faculty advisor helps students get the most out of their educational programs in the shortest time. Most courses for majors are offered in only one semester each year. Advisors can guide the student through complexities of the curriculum or into a specialized program.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

The B.S. program provides intensive training in geology and other sciences. B.S. majors may emphasize traditional geology, environmental geology (with a specialized track in hydrogeology), engineering geology, geophysics, or earth and space science licensure. The hydrogeology track, the engineering geology option, and the geophysics option combine basic training in geology with training in mathematics, engineering, physics, and geophysics. The environmental geology option combines training in geology with many different sciences.

Degree requirements may be altered to suit particular needs of a student upon petition to the undergraduate studies committee and in consultation with a geology faculty advisor. Special consideration is given to students with strong backgrounds in supporting sciences and students with superior records who decide to major in geology late in their programs.

General Geology Option

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 101Composition3
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (15)
Satisfied by one of the following:
ENGL 203Topics in Reading and Writing: _____3
or ENGL 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
ENGL 209Introduction to Fiction3
ENGL 210Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 211Introduction to the Drama3
ENGL 362Foundations of Technical Writing3
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

Communications.

Satisfied by:
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
or COMS 150 Personal Communication

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. An introductory course in economics is recommended.

Geology Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (34-39)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Calculus I. Satisfied by:
MATH 121Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or three years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics or 640 or higher on the SAT; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. Students may complete MATH 115 and MATH 116 prior to completing MATH 122.)5
Calculus II. Satisfied by:
MATH 122Calculus II5
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
Physics. Satisfied by:
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
2-5
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
2-4
Biology. Satisfied by BIOL:
BIOL 150Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
Information Technology. Satisfied by one of the following:
EECS 138Introduction to Computing: _____3
C&PE 121Introduction to Computers in Engineering3
Geology Core Knowledge and Skills (32)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
Geology Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
Historical Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 304Historical Geology3
Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth. Satisfied by:
GEOL 311Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth3
Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 312Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory1
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Satisfied by:
GEOL 331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Field Investigation. Satisfied by:
GEOL 360Field Investigation2
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 512Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
Petrology Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 513Petrology Laboratory1
Introductory Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 560Introductory Field Geology3
Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 561Field Geology3
Structural Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 562Structural Geology4
Geology Required Electives (18)18
At least one course from each of the three categories listed below: Life; Water & Climate; Rocks. Additional elective credit requirements fulfilled by 500 level and above geology courses. 3 hours of GEOL 121 (taken before the student has completed 60 hrs), 391 or 399 can also count.
Life
Geochemistry
Paleontology
Paleontology
and Paleontology Laboratory
Topics in Geology: _____ ( Geobiology)
Rocks
Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
Geophysics
Water and Climate
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Topics in Geology: _____ (Climate: Past, Present and Future)

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 50 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Engineering Geology Option

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 101Composition3
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (3)
Satisfied by one of the following:
ENGL 362Foundations of Technical Writing3
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

Communications.

Satisfied by:
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
or COMS 150 Personal Communication

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. An introductory course in economics is recommended.

Geology Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (54-59)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Mathematics. Satisfied by:
MATH 121Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or 3 years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics or 640 or higher on the SAT; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test.)5
MATH 122Calculus II5
MATH 220Applied Differential Equations3
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
Physics. Satisfied by:
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
2-5
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
2-4
Information Technology. Satisfied by one of the following:
EECS 138Introduction to Computing: _____3
C&PE 121Introduction to Computers in Engineering3
Statics. Satisfied by:
CE 201Statics2
Dynamics. Satisfied by:
CE 300Dynamics3
Strength of Materials. Satisfied by:
CE 311Strength of Materials3
Fluid Mechanics. Satisfied by:
CE 330Fluid Mechanics4
Hydrology. Satisfied by:
CE 455Hydrology3
Soil Mechanics. Satisfied by:
CE 487Soil Mechanics4
Geology Core Knowledge and Skills (42)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by one of the following:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
GEOL 304Historical Geology3
Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth. Satisfied by:
GEOL 311Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth3
Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 312Mineral Structures and Equilibria Laboratory1
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Satisfied by:
GEOL 331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Environmental Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 351Environmental Geology3
Field Investigation. Satisfied by:
GEOL 360Field Investigation2
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 512Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
Petrology Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 513Petrology Laboratory1
Geomorphology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 541Geomorphology4
Introductory Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 560Introductory Field Geology3
Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 561Field Geology3
Structural Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 562Structural Geology4
Geophysics or Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics. Satisfied by one of the following:
GEOL 572Geophysics3
Geology or Civil Engineering Required Electives (19)
Majors must complete three additional geology or civil engineering courses, at least two of which must be from the following:
GEOL 521Paleontology3
GEOL 535Petroleum and Subsurface Geology4
GEOL 715Geochemistry3
GEOL 751Physical Hydrogeology3
CE 770Concepts of Environmental Chemistry2
CE 771Environmental Chemical Analysis1
Electives may include an upper-division course in statistics:
MATH 365Elementary Statistics3
or BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 45 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Environmental Geology Option

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 101Composition3
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (15)
Satisfied by one of the following:
ENGL 203Topics in Reading and Writing: _____3
or ENGL 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
ENGL 209Introduction to Fiction3
ENGL 210Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 211Introduction to the Drama3
ENGL 362Foundations of Technical Writing3
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

Communications.

Satisfied by:
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
or COMS 150 Personal Communication

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. An introductory course in economics is recommended.

Geology Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (45-51)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Calculus I. Satisfied by:
MATH 121Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or three years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics or 640 or higher on the SAT; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. Students may complete MATH 115 and MATH 116 prior to completing MATH 122.)5
Calculus II. Satisfied by:
MATH 122Calculus II5
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
Physics. Satisfied by:
Select one of the following:
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
5
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory (recommended)
4
PHSX 114
PHSX 115
College Physics I
and College Physics II
2-8
Biology. Satisfied by:
BIOL 150
BIOL 152
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
and Principles of Organismal Biology
8
Information Technology. Satisfied by one of the following:
EECS 138Introduction to Computing: _____3
C&PE 121Introduction to Computers in Engineering3
Geology Core Knowledge and Skills (40)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
Geology Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
Historical Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 304Historical Geology3
Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth. Satisfied by:
GEOL 311Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth3
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Satisfied by:
GEOL 331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Environmental Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 351Environmental Geology3
Field Investigation. Satisfied by:
GEOL 360Field Investigation2
Paleontology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 521Paleontology3
Geomorphology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 541Geomorphology4
Introduction to Hydrogeology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 552Introduction to Hydrogeology3
Introductory Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 560Introductory Field Geology3
Structural Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 562Structural Geology4
Geophysics. Satisfied by:
GEOL 572Geophysics3
Geology Required Electives (38-43)
Majors must complete additional courses to total at least nine hours numbered 500 or above. The following are recommended:9
GEOL 391Special Studies in Geology1-6
GEOL 535Petroleum and Subsurface Geology4
GEOL 715Geochemistry3
GEOL 751Physical Hydrogeology3
CE 770
CE 771
Concepts of Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemical Analysis
3
GEOG 535Soil Geography4
GEOG 558Intermediate Geographical Information Systems4
GEOL 753Chemical and Microbial Hydrogeology4
BIOL 400Fundamentals of Microbiology3

Environmental Hydrogeology Track

Besides the general program above, a specialized track in hydrogeology satisfies degree requirements. In addition to College, supporting science, and geology courses, the environmental hydrogeology track requires the following mathematics and civil engineering/physics courses:

MATH 220Applied Differential Equations3
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
CE 330Fluid Mechanics4
or PHSX 623 Physics of Fluids

In addition, Technical Electives (9 hours). These normally are chosen from courses numbered 500 or above in geology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering or computer science. Courses numbered below 500 must be approved by a geology advisor.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 49 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 45 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Geophysics Option

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 101Composition3
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (15)
Satisfied by one of the following:
ENGL 203Topics in Reading and Writing: _____3
or ENGL 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
ENGL 209Introduction to Fiction3
ENGL 210Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 211Introduction to the Drama3
ENGL 362Foundations of Technical Writing3
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. An introductory course in economics is recommended.

Geology Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (44-49)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Calculus I. Satisfied by:
MATH 121Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or three years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics or 640 or higher on the SAT; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. Students may complete MATH 115 and MATH 116 prior to completing MATH 122.)5
Calculus II. Satisfied by:
MATH 122Calculus II5
Vector Calculus and Elementary Linear Algebra. Satisfied by:
MATH 223Vector Calculus3
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
Elementary Differential Equations. Satisfied by:
MATH 320Elementary Differential Equations3
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
Physics. Satisfied by:
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
2-5
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
2-4
PHSX 313General Physics III3
PHSX 521Mechanics I3
PHSX 531Electricity and Magnetism3
or EECS 220 Electromagnetics I
Intro to Computing. Satisfied by one of the following:
EECS 138Introduction to Computing: _____3
Demonstrate equivalent programming skills
Geology Core Knowledge and Skills (30)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
Geology Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
Historical Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 304Historical Geology3
Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth. Satisfied by:
GEOL 311Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth3
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Satisfied by:
GEOL 331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Field Investigation. Satisfied by:
GEOL 360Field Investigation2
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 512Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
Introductory Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 560Introductory Field Geology3
Structural Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 562Structural Geology4
Geophysics. Satisfied by one of the following:
GEOL 572Geophysics3
Additional Geology Courses (9)
Geophysics elective 500 and above (at least 9 hours)9
Seismic Exploration
Environmental Geophysics
Seismic Data Analysis and Interpretation
Geophysical Data Analysis
Ground Penetrating Radar
Technical Required Electives (6)6
At least 6 hours from the list below or other 500 and above Geology, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science.
Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
Geological Log Analysis
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Numerical Methods

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 45 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Earth and Space Science Licensure Option

This program fulfills the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. The program also meets course requirements necessary to gain state licensure eligibility in earth and space science to become a secondary teacher in Kansas, but completion of the program does not guarantee the student’s licensure. This list is a guideline. Contact the geology department for further information about meeting degree and additional licensure requirements. You may also contact the UKanTeach Office for information about similar tracks resulting in eligibility for licensure in this and other science and mathematics fields.

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry.

Composition (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
ENGL 101Composition3
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Critical Reading and Writing (3)
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
Equivalent transfer course
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (15)
Satisfied by one of the following:
ENGL 203Topics in Reading and Writing: _____3
or ENGL 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____
ENGL 209Introduction to Fiction3
ENGL 210Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 211Introduction to the Drama3
ENGL 362Foundations of Technical Writing3
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
Equivalent

Communications.

Satisfied by:
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
or COMS 150 Personal Communication

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal. An introductory course in economics is recommended.

Geology Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge (32-37)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.
Calculus I. Satisfied by:
MATH 121Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 104; or MATH 103; or three years of college preparatory mathematics including trigonometry and a score of 28 or higher on ACT mathematics or 640 or higher on the SAT; or a qualifying score on the mathematics placement test. Students may complete MATH 115 and MATH 116 prior to completing MATH 122)5
Calculus II. Satisfied by:
MATH 122Calculus II5
Chemistry. Satisfied by:
CHEM 130
CHEM 135
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
10
Physics. Satisfied by:
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
2-5
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
2-4
Biology. Satisfied by:
BIOL 150Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
or BIOL 151 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors
BIOL 152Principles of Organismal Biology4
or BIOL 153 Principles of Organismal Biology, Honors
Geology Core Knowledge and Skills (31)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introduction to Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 101The Way The Earth Works3
Geology Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:
GEOL 103Geology Fundamentals Laboratory2
Historical Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 304Historical Geology3
Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth. Satisfied by:
GEOL 311Mineralogy and Structure of the Earth3
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Satisfied by:
GEOL 331Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Field Investigation. Satisfied by:
GEOL 360Field Investigation2
Paleontology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 521
GEOL 523
Paleontology
and Paleontology Laboratory
4
Introduction to Hydrogeology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 552Introduction to Hydrogeology3
Introductory Field Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 560Introductory Field Geology3
Structural Geology. Satisfied by:
GEOL 562Structural Geology4
Space Science Core Knowledge and Skills (8)
Majors must complete the following core courses:
Introductory Meteorology. Satisfied by:
ATMO 105Introductory Meteorology5
Contemporary Astronomy. Satisfied by:
ASTR 191Contemporary Astronomy3
Earth and Space Required Electives (0)
Majors must complete one of the areas below:
Geology Focus. Satisfied by 4 hours in a geology course numbered 300 or above.
aboveAstronomy Focus. Satisfied by 4 hours in astronomy courses numbered 300 or above. This can include three hours of GEOL 121 (if taken before the completion of 60 hours), or ASTR 390 or GEOL 399.
Research Methods (3)
Satisfied by:
CHEM 598Research Methods3
Professional Development Course Work (2)
A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.
Liberal Arts and Sciences. Satisfied by:
LA&S 290Approaches to Teaching Science and Mathematics I1
LA&S 291Approaches to Teaching Science and Mathematics II1
Curriculum and Teaching (19 hours). Satisfied by:
C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum and 16 hours of courses approved by UKanTeach in curriculum and teaching. These should include courses such as Classroom Interactions (3), Knowing and Learning (3), Project Based Instruction (3), Student Teaching (6), and Special Topics Seminar (1).

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 46 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 34 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Departmental Honors

Pursuit of departmental honors in Geology is by invitation from the Department of Geology honors coordinator.
Requirements include:
3.25 or higher KU GPA at graduation.
3.50 or higher KU geology-courses GPA at graduation.
Completion of at least 2 credit hours of GEOL 399.

Completion and successful defense of an honor's thesis.
Additional requirements and more information may be obtained from the Department of Geology honors coordinator and web site.