BA in Geology with concentration in Environmental Geology

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill Core 34, please visit the KU Core 34 page.

Core 34: English (SGE)0103Core 34: English (SGE)0103GEOL 360 or 3702
GEOL 101 (Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)040*3PHSX 111, 114, or 211 and 2163-5 
GEOL 103 (Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)040*2BIOL 1003 
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)5BIOL 1021 
 2nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5 
 13 15-17 2
GEOL 3113GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)34 
EECS 138 (Major Pre-requisite)3Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203 
GEOL 190, MATH 115, or MATH 12534th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3 
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)3Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE)0303 
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503  
 15 13 
GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2,33GEOL 5213GEOL 560 (Summer only) Major Requirement, Capstone3
GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)34 
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703 
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours113 
Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703  
 15 13 3
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2,33 
GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2,33GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2,33 
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours13Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours13 
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours14Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours13 
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours13 
 16 15 
Total Hours 120-122

Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through Core 34, degree, major, second area of study and/or elective hours.  Students completing the BGS with a major must choose a secondary area of study.  Individual degree mapping is done in partnership with your advisor.


Geology majors are required to complete 15 hours of elective. The Environmental Geology track offers electives in Water, Geology, and the Environment; Urban Environmental Geology; and Other Electives. For a list of applicable electives see 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. 


Visit this page for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

Please note:

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


*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.