BS in Geology with concentration in Environmental Geology

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

ENGL 101 or 105 (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 
Goal 3 Arts and Humanities3PHSX 211
PHSX 216 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pre-requisite)
GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
5GEOL 304 (Major Requirement )13 
 15 15 
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking33Goal 3 Social Science3GEOL 360 (Major Requirement)22
CHEM 130 (Major Pre-requisite)5CHEM 135 (Major Pre-requisite)5 
BIOL 150 (Major Pre-requisite)3BIOL 152 (Major Pre-reqisite)3 
GEOL 311 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)14 
 14 15 2
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3GEOL 521 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 560 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)23
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3GEOL 552 (Major Requirement)13 
EECS 138, C&PE 325, or GEOL 503 (Major Pre-requisite)3GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)14 
GEOL 351 (Major Requirement)13GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 541 (Major Requirement)14COMS 130 (Goal 2.2 Communication)3 
 16 16 3
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 572 (Major Requirement)3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours53 
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43Second 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 
 12 12 
Total Hours 120

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.


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


The Environmental Geology concentration must complete at least 9.0 hours of additional major course work at the 500-level or above. A list of recommended courses can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


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.