Geology - BS, BA

College of Science

About This Degree

Geology is the part of broader Earth Science that examines the solid Earth, its composition, history, structure, and how it interacts with the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

In this study of how Earth works, geoscientists integrate knowledge of biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Geologists help us gain energy, mineral, and water resources and evaluate and mitigate hazards due to earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions, as well as waste disposal and global environmental change.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


Applied Environmental Geoscience:

Applied environmental geoscience is an interdisciplinary program, with a broader range of coursework than the traditional degree in geology. Students take geology courses and study the earth’s history, composition, and structure, but also take courses in areas such as watershed sciences, soils, biology, statistics, and GIS/remote sensing. This degree is for students interested in studying the geosciences, having a multidisciplinary degree and going on to careers in environmental fields.

Geology Professional:

The Geology Professional emphasis builds upon the core geology curriculum with courses tailored for learning the scientific, hands-on, and professional skills necessary in the modern workforce.

Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology:

Hydrogeology is the subdiscipline within geology that deals with the distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the earth’s crust. Students in the specialization take engineering courses in addition to their geology coursework as they study the engineering of groundwater.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Geology BS
Students who graduate with a traditional Bachelor's degree in Geology are rigorously trained and well-prepared to go on for graduate studies in the geosciences. With this standard degree, students can also pursue careers in: energy (gas, oil, geothermal, coal), mining, environmental consulting, and natural hazards assessment (earthquakes, landslide, etc.).

GeoWorforce Emphasis
The GeoWorkforce emphasis within the Geology degree is designed in consultation with industry advisors to provide the practical scientific and professional skills for employment with a Bachelor's degree across broad areas such as: environmental consulting, natural resource and energy extraction, and land management, policy, and government agencies.

Applied Environmental Geoscience Emphasis
The AEG emphasis within the Geology degree allows students to tailor and broaden their training, while including the standard essentials to keep graduate school as a future option. For example, this multidisciplinary degree may be tailored toward careers in environmental fields.

Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology Emphasis
The Hydro-Engineering emphasis in the Geology degree incorporates engineering coursework and provides a rigorous focus toward careers in engineering consulting, environmental cleanup, and groundwater.

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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USU Locations


*This degree is available at various USU locations.

Statewide campus students can begin the Geoworkforce emphasis on the campuses listed above, but must complete the degree on the Logan campus.


Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the geology program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: The minimum GPA is 2.5 for the General Geology option and 2.75 for the other emphases. For the Earth Science (Composite) Teaching degree, the minimum GPA is 3.0 for transfer students or ACT scores of 21 composite, 20 English/verbal and 19 mathematics/quantitative for freshmen.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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