BA in Geology with concentration in General Geology

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA 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.

ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing II)3 
MATH 101 or GEOL 190 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3MATH 115 or 125 (BA Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Major Pre-requisite)3-4 
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5 
BIOL 100 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pre-requisite)3CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5 
BIOL 102 (BA Laboratory/Field Experience (LFE), Major Pre-Requisite)1  
 15 16-17 
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5GEOL 360 (Summer only), Major Requirement2
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 2.2 Communication3 
EECS 138 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)34 
GEOL 101 (Major Requirement)3PHSX 111, 114, or 211 and 216 (Major Pre-requisite)3-5 
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)2  
 14 13-17 2
Goal 3 Arts and Humanities3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3GEOL 560 (Summer only), Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement3
Goal 3 Social ScienceGoal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3 
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)34 
GEOL 311 (Major Requirement)33Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53 
GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2, 33Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours52 
 12 15 3
GEOL 521 (Major Requirement)33GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2, 33 
GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2, 33GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2, 33 
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3GEOL Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)2, 33 
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53 
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53 
 15 15 
Total Hours 120-125

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course.   


Geology majors are required to complete 15 hours of elective. The General Geology track offers electives in Solid Earth, Surface Earth, and Geology and Natural Resources. 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 website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 


Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through KU core, 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.

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.

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.