BS in Geology

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Geology with a concentration in General 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 37032
GEOL 101
GEOL 103 (Major Requirement, Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE))040*
5GEOL 304 (Major Requirement)13 
CHEM 1305BIOL 1523 
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603CHEM 1355 
 16 14 2
GEOL 311
GEOL 312 (Major Requirement)1
4GEOL 331 (Major Requirement)14 
MATH 125 (Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE))030*4GEOL Elective 500+ (Life required elective)3 
Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703MATH 1264 
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203 
 14 14 
GEOL Elective 500+ (Rocks req. elective)3GEOL 562 (Major Requirement)14GEOL 560 (Capstone Requirement)33
GEOL Elective 500+ (Water/Climate req. elective)3GEOL 512
GEOL 513 (Major Requirement)1
4GEOL 561 (Major Requirement)33
PHSX 211
PHSX 216
5PHSX 212
PHSX 236
EECS 138 or C&PE 3253Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503 
 14 15 6
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603GEOL 521
GEOL 523 (Major Requirement)1
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)43 
GEOL 500+ Elective (Major Requirement)3GEOL 300+ Elective3 
Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703GEOL 300+ Elective3 
 12 13 
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. 


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


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


Geology majors must complete 18.0 hours of elective coursework, and three courses must come from each of the following categories: Life; Rocks; Water and Climate. A complete course list can be found under the Degree Requirements tab.  


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.

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.