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Bachelor's Degree in Geology

B.A. or B.S. in geology; exploration and environmental geophysics minor

At its core, geology is the study of the physical aspects of the Earth, particularly its composition and structure. Geologists study the processes that have shaped our dynamic planet, both past and present, using chemistry, physics, math, biology, history, logic and art.

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Laboratories offer numerous ways for students to make connections and go far beyond classroom learning.

The K-State difference

At K-State, geology majors may earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. Additionally, the geology department offers a dual degree with the civil engineering department and collaborates with the College of Education to offer an earth science option for high school teachers.

Geology faculty maintain active research programs in a wide range of geoscience subdisciplines, including chemical hydrogeology, petroleum geology, volcanology and many others. Upper-level undergraduates will find ample research opportunities, which may include presenting research results at appropriate conferences.

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Did you know?

More than 20 departmental scholarships are available to students, including several that may be awarded to incoming freshman. Scholarship funding for geology majors and geology students averages nearly $100,000.

What classes will I take?

What can I do with a degree in geology?

A geology career can utilize all your talents and apply them to areas of great societal importance, including:

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Undergraduate research

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Whether you are interested in a career in human or animal health, K-State is a great place to start the journey toward becoming a healthcare professional. You will have a dedicated health professions advisor who will help you navigate the professional school application process for your chosen healthcare field.


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Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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