Geology- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, 114 Shideler Hall (513-529-3216).

Geology is the study of the history of the Earth and processes that continue to shape the planet today. Geoscientists view the Earth as a set of intimately connected atmospheric, hydrologic, and rock systems. Both Geology undergraduate degree options require a core of geology classes and cognate courses including a capstone field mapping experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Geology prepares students for further graduate work in the geosciences and related disciplines, as well as careers in the environmental industry, petroleum, mining, government, or education.

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is designed to provide more in-depth study, particularly in preparation for pursuit of a graduate degree in the geological sciences. As part of this preparation, students are required to conduct independent research leading to public presentation of their results.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to combine teacher licensure with an Arts and Science major must observe the rules, procedures, and restrictions pertaining to admission to a licensure cohort as outlined in the School of Education, Health and Society chapter. For information, contact the Office of Student Services in the School of Education, Health and Society, 202 McGuffey Hall (513-529-6418).

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts

(36 semester hours minimum in GLG; 48 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Core requirements. All of these (30 semester hours):

GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3) or

GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3) or

GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3)

GLG 115L Laboratory (1)

GLG 201 Mineralogy (4)

GLG 204 Survival on an Evolving Planet (4)

GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)

GLG 322 Structural Geology (4)

GLG 357 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)

GLG 411A Field Geology (6)

Electives at least one must be at the 400-level (minimum 6 semester hours):

GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)

GLG 354 Geomorphology (3)

GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4)

GLG 402 Geomicrobiology (3)

GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)

GLG 417 Forensic Isotope Geochemistry (3)

GLG 427 Isotope Geology (3)

GLG 428 Groundwater Flow Modeling (4)

GLG 432 X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis (3)

GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3)

GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3)

GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3)

GLG 461 Geophysics (3)

GLG 467 Seismology (3)

GLG 474 Paleobotany, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology (3)

GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology (4)

GLG 491 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)

GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4)

GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)

Related Hours (12-16 required)

CHM 141, or CHM 141R; CHM 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Laboratory (3 or 4, 2)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or

MTH 153 Calculus I (4) or

STA 261Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

PHY 171 College Physics (3) and PHY 173 Physics Laboratory (1) or

PHY 181 The Physical World (4) and PHY 183 Physics Laboratory (1)

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(42 semester hours minimum in GLG; 63 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Core requirements

All courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology.


Same requirements as for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology plus one additional 400-level course. See complete list above.

Research Project

GLG 377, 477 or 498 or equivalent research project (3)

Public presentation of research project

Related Hours (21-30 required)

Same requirements as for the Bachelor of Arts degree in geology plus:

CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3, 2) or

GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) (unless already taken) and one of the following:

MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

PHY 172 College Physics (3) and PHY 174 Physics Laboratory (1) or

PHY 182 The Physical World (4) and PHY 184 Physics Laboratory (1) or

GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Geology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing a course from each of the three tiers indicated: Tier 1 (GLG 204 or 211) followed by Tier 2 (GLG 301 or 357 or 408), followed by Tier 3 (GLG 497).

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