Geology- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, 118D Shideler Hall , 513-529-3216.

Geology is the study of the history of the Earth and processes that continue to shape the planet today. Geoscientists view the Earth as a set of intimately connected atmospheric, hydrologic, and rock systems. Both Geology undergraduate degree options require a core of geology classes and cognate courses including a capstone field mapping experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Geology prepares students for further graduate work in the geosciences and related disciplines, as well as careers in the environmental industry, petroleum, mining, government, or education.

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is designed to provide more in-depth study, particularly in preparation for pursuit of a graduate degree in the geological sciences. As part of this preparation, students are required to conduct independent research leading to public presentation of their results.

Teacher Licensure

Students who wish to combine teacher licensure with an Arts and Science major must observe the rules, procedures, and restrictions pertaining to admission to a licensure cohort as outlined in the College of Education, Health and Society chapter. For information, contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education, Health and Society, 202 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-6418.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(45 semester hours minimum in GLG; 68 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Strongly recommended for first year students
Introductory Seminar - Geology & Environmental Earth Science
Core Requirements
Select one of the following:3
The Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Geology of U.S. National Parks
Select the following:
GLG 115LUnderstanding the Earth1
GLG 201Mineralogy4
GLG 204Survival on an Evolving Planet4
GLG 301Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
GLG 322Structural Geology4
GLG 357Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology4
GLG 411AField Geology6
Select at least 12 semester hours (with at least 3 courses at 400 level) of the following:12
Ice Age Earth
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Forensic Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Hydrogeological Modeling: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate
X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis
Soils and Paleosols
Paleontology in Conservation
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Global Tectonics
Isotopes in Environmental Processes
Research Project
Select one of the following:3
Independent Studies 1
Independent Studies 1
Senior Thesis In Geology 1
Related Hours (23-30 required)
CHM 141College Chemistry3-4
or CHM 141R College Chemistry
CHM 144College Chemistry Laboratory2
Select one of the following:3-5
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry of Earth Systems
Take this course:
MTH 151Calculus I5
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Applied Statistics
Select one of the following:4-5
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
General Physics with Laboratory I
Select one of the following:3-5
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II
General Physics with Laboratory II
Geohazards and the Solid Earth
Total Credit Hours68-75