Geology- Bachelor of Arts

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 Arts

(39 semester hours minimum in GLG; 51 semester hours minimum including related courses)

Strongly recommended for first year students
Introductory Seminar - Geology & Environmental Earth Science
Core courses
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 a minimum of 9 hours; at least two courses must be at 400-level9
Related Hours
Select 12-16 hours of the following:12-16
College Chemistry
College Chemistry
College Chemistry Laboratory
Calculus I
Applied Statistics
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
General Physics with Laboratory I
Total Credit Hours51-55


GLG 335Ice Age Earth3
GLG 354Geomorphology4
GLG 402Geomicrobiology3
GLG 408Introduction to Hydrogeology4
GLG 417Forensic Isotope Geochemistry3
GLG 427Isotope Geochemistry3
GLG 428Hydrogeological Modeling: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate4
GLG 432X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis3
GLG 435Soils and Paleosols3
GLG 436Paleoclimatology3
GLG 437Paleontology in Conservation3
GLG 447Volcanology3
GLG 450Sedimentary Basin Analysis3
GLG 461Geophysics3
GLG 467Seismology3
GLG 492Global Tectonics4
GLG 496Isotopes in Environmental Processes3

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Geology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing GLG 204 and GLG 301 and one of the following (GLG 402) or (GLG 408) or (GLG 417) or (GLG 427).