B.S. Geology

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the BS in Geology.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3 - MATH 11704
Objective 46
Objective 5 - CHEM 1111, CHEM 1111L, and PHYS 11118
Objective 6 6
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7 - GEOL 1107
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses:
MATH 1170Calculus I4
MATH 1175Calculus II3-4
or MATH 3350 Statistical Methods
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
PHYS 1111General Physics I 13-4
or PHYS 2211 Engineering Physics I
GEOL 1107Real Monsters 23
GEOL 2204Fluid Earth4
GEOL 2205Solid Earth4
GEOL 3310Geologic Field Methods3
GEOL 3313Earth Materials I4
GEOL 3314Earth Materials II4
GEOL 3315Evolution of the Earth's Surface4
GEOL 4403
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
and Principles of GIS Laboratory
GEOL 4421Structural Geology4
GEOL 4450Field Geology 36
GEOL 4452Sedimentation-Stratigraphy4
43 required geoscience credits plus 9 upper division geoscience elective courses to equal at least 50 geoscience credits.
Total Credits 71

May choose the following optional courses: PHYS 1113PHYS 1114, General Physics Laboratory, 2 cr; PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, Engineering Physics Laboratory, 2 cr.


Transfer students may substitute other courses for GEOL 1107 with the permission of the Geosciences Department Chair or Geosciences Undergraduate Advisor.


GEOL 4450 is a 5-week summer field course.

 Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education39
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed.)54
Upper Division Free Electives6
Free Electives21
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)