BS in Geology with concentration in Earth & Space Science

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Geology with a concentration in Earth and Space Science. 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 (1 of 2))3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 of 2))3 
MATH 125 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning, Major Pre-requisite)4MATH 126 (Major Pre-requisite)4 
CHEM 130 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pred-requisite)5CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5 
BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)3LA&S 291 (UKAN Teach)1 
LA&S 290 (UKAN Teach)1GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
 16 18 
Sophomore Reading & Writing Course (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)13Social Science Course (Goal 3 Social Science)GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)32
Humanities Course (Goal 4.1 US Diversity)HIST 510 (Goal 3 Humanities, UKAN Teach)3 
MATH 127 (Major Pre-requisite)4PHSX 212
PHSX 236 (Major Pre-requisite)
PHSX 211
PHSX 216 (Major Pre-requisite)
5C&T 360 (UKAN Teach)3 
GEOL 311
GEOL 312 (Major Requirement)2
4BIOL 152 (Major Pre-requisite)3 
 16 13 2
COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication)3GEOL 304 (Major Requirement)23GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requiremen)33
Social Science Course (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness)GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)24 
ATMO 105 (Major Requirement)5GEOL 521
GEOL 523 (Major Requirement)2
C&T 366 (UKAN Teach)3C&T 460 (UKAN Teach)3 
C&T 448 (UKAN Teach)3ASTR 191 (Major Requirement)3 
 14 17 3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3C&T 500 (UKAN Teach)1-6 
CHEM 598 (Major Requirement)3C&T 598 (UKAN Teach)1-5 
GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)24GEOL 500+ elective3 
Earth & Space Science Elective - GEOL or ASTR (Major Requirement)43  
Earth & Space Science Elective - GEOL or ASTR (Major Requirement)43  
 16 5-14 
Total Hours 120-129

Geology BS majors are required to complete a third English, and a list of possible courses can be found under 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.


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


The Earth and Space Science concentration must complete electives in one of the following two areas: Geology Focus or Astronomy Focus. Course specifics are listed under the Degree Requirements tab. 

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.