The BS in geology prepares students for graduate school and careers in solid-earth geosciences and other scientific fields. The program includes required courses across the breadth of the geosciences and allows for focused study in Earth structure and tectonics, hazards and resources, Earth materials or climate and surface processes. The core required geoscience courses build on a solid foundation in allied sciences and math and culminate in a capstone field mapping experience, thus preparing students for graduate school and a variety of careers in the geosciences, including geotechnical consulting and in Washington. The BS degree is also appropriate for students who wish to continue in other quantitative scientific fields or directions (e.g., medical school).
Select at least four department-approved electives that total at least 17 credits. The groups of courses shown below are meant to offer guidance to students who wish to specialize in a sub-discipline or take courses across the breadth of the geological sciences. Up to 4 credits of department-approved seminars and research may count towards elective units as well.