BS in Geology Program

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is designed for those who intend to become professional geologists and/or those who plan to attend a graduate school in geosciences. The program includes courses normally expected of graduate school applicants, including a geology field course (summer) and courses in related sciences and mathematics. This degree program prepares students for the examination for the professional geologist license.

Students must earn a letter grade of C or better in all geology and allied courses. Additionally, all prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or better before progressing to the next level of geology courses.


I. Geology Core Courses
GEOL 1005 Earth History OR GEOL 1100 Physical Geology OR  GEOL 1200 Historical Geology OR GEOL 1500 Water, Dirt, Climate
And each of the following:
  • GEOL 2000 Geochemical Cycles
  • GEOL 2010 Mineralogy
  • GEOL 2020 Petrology
  • GEOL 2100 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • GEOL 3005 Principles of Geophysics OR
  • GEOL 2005 Introduction to Geophysics
  • GEOL 4610 Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • GEOL 4717 Field Course in Geology    (to be taken in 1 of the last 2 summers at UW)
  • GEOL 4820 Capstone
II. Additional 18 credit hours in Geology courses at 2000 level and above.
III. Allied Math and Sciences (20 credits)
  • CHEM 1020 or 1050 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1030 or 1060 General Chemistry II
  • MATH 2200 Calculus I
  • MATH 2205 Calculus II OR
  • MATH 2250 Elementary Linear Algebra
  • GEOL 4525 Environmental Data Analysis
  • PHYS 1110 or 1210 General or Engineering Physics
NOTE: This degree program represents a minimum
proficiency. Students are strongly advised to elect
additional courses in geology.
Contact Us

Department of Geology and Geophysics
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Phone: (307) 766-3386
Fax: (307) 766-6679

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