B.S. in Geosciences

Program Information

Students earning the B.S. degree in Geosciences must choose one of four concentrations: Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geography, or Urban Studies.  Many career opportunities allow for practical application of geosciences in industry, consulting firms, and governmental agencies at all levels. Practical and essential applications of geology and geography include development and stewardship of water resources, both surface and subsurface; land-use planning for urban, suburban, and rural development; exploration for and development of mineral and energy resources including petroleum and other fossil fuels; and development of environmentally sound strategies for hazardous waste disposal and treatment. The curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in geosciences is excellent preparation for graduate work in geoscience and environmental science, geography, and urban studies. For students who are interested in geoscience and environmental science but who intend to pursue graduate or advanced study in other fields, for example environmental law or business, the B.S. degree may still be an appropriate choice.  The B.S. degree meets certain federal criteria required for science-track career pathways in federal agencies such as the EPA, USGS, and others.

The concentrations in Geography and Geology are the most traditional of the programs, and they are designed to prepare the student for graduate studies or employment in a wide variety of geoscience areas. Students considering employment and state licensure as a Professional Geologist (required for supervisory environmental consultants) should select the traditional Geology concentration. The Environmental Geoscience emphasizes the study of ground water and the delicate environmental balances of the natural world. The Urban Studies Concentration is focused on geoscience topics applicable to the study of urban settings. Specific requirements for the concentrations are shown below.

Majors should be aware that there are prerequisites for many geology courses and that several courses are offered only once a year. As soon as they have selected the geology concentration, these students are advised to consult with department advisers to be informed in these matters and to ensure that programs of study accord with their specific career aspirations and needs. The department participates actively in the university’

s Cooperative Education Program, whereby the student can work and attend school at the same time or in alternate years. The program enables students to develop long-term career opportunities while in school. Because of the potential complexities of such a program, students are encouraged to seek early advisement in the department. Co-op students also should discuss their academic plans and curriculum options with their employers.

Major Maps

Major Maps provide information about classes, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more. Explore a year-by-year guide through this major and beyond at http://cas.gsu.edu/major-maps.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog. 

This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Department Website and Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

Area D Lab Science “A”

4

HIST 2110

3

MATH 1113

3

GSU 1010

1
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

Area D Lab Science “B”

4

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

MATH 1070

3
Total Hours 15

Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

CHEM 1211K or Area F Elective

3-4

POLS 1101

3

Area F Math Course (3-4)

3-4

Area F Lab Science “A”

4

Area B Elective

2
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

CHEM 1212K or Area F Elective

4

Area C Elective

3

GEOG 1101 or Area E Social Science Elective

3

Area F Lab Science “B”

4
Total Hours 14

Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

GEOL 3002

4

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area E Global Issues Elective

3
Total Hours 16

Term 2

Course Hours

*GEOL 4006, GEOG 4784 or GEOG 4764

4

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

4

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 18

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

1

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

*GEOL 4830

4

Area G Elective

4

Area G Elective

4

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course will fulfill the CTW requirement.