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 Core 34, please visit the KU Core 34 page.

Core 34: Englsh (SGE)0103Core 34: English (SGE)0103GEOL 360 or 37032
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203 
MATH 125 (Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE))030*4C&T 291 (STEMTeach)1 
CHEM 130 (Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE))040*5GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement)
C&T 290 (STEMTeach)1MATH 1264 
 16 16 2
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503 
GEOL 3113Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703 
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
5C&T 360 (STEMTeach)3 
BIOL 1523HIST 363 (STEMTeach)3 
 GEOL 171 (Major Requirement)3 
 14 15 
PHSX 212
PHSX 236
4C&T 460 (STEMTeach)3GEOL 560 (Capstone Requirement)33
C&T 366 (STEMTeach)3ASTR 191
ASTR 196 (Major Requirement)
C&T 448 (STEMTeach)3GEOL 521
GEOL 523 (Major Requirement)
GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)4GEOL 552 (Major Requirement)3 
 14 14 3
CHEM 598 (STEMTeach)3C&T 490 (STEMTeach)6 
GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)24C&T 495 (STEMTeach)3 
Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703Core 34: Social and Behavioral Science (SGE)0503 
ATMO 105 (Major Requirement)5  
 15 12 
Total Hours 121

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.


*  - 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.