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Department of Geology

Undergraduate Program and Requirements

Our degree programs will prepare you for work as a professional geologist or for advanced study (in geology or another field). We offer the following options

Each link above provides a list of the courses you will need to take for that option. In addition to those courses, you will also need to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences B.S./B.A. basic degree requirements if you are working toward a B.S./B.A. degree in Geology.

For more information on our undergraduate programs, please see the Geology program description in the K-State Undergraduate Catalog and our Guide to Majors and Programs brochure. Note that the details provided in these links reflect the current Geology curriculum requirements (as of May 2015). If you became a Geology major prior to May 2015, your curriculum requirements may be different. Please ask your Undergraduate Academic Adviser if you are unsure.


To help you navigate and complete your degree, please contact and meet with your Undergraduate Academic Adviser in the Department of Geology; Dr. Aida Farough. If you have not yet been assigned an adviser or wish to talk to one about any of our degree programs, please contact Debra Wilcox (785-532-6724).

Majors Course Rotation

Majors courses are not offered every semester and have prerequisites. Your adviser can help you plan an appropriate schedule. The current major course rotation is summarized in the table below. You can can view a more comprehensive course schedule for upcoming semesters here.





Core courses for Geology majors
GEOL 100Earth in Action
Every Semester
GEOL 102Earth Through Time
Every Semester
GEOL 103Geology Laboratory
Every Semester
GEOL 502Mineralogy
GEOL 503Petrology
GEOL 530Structural Geology
GEOL 560Field Methods
GEOL 630Sedimentology-Stratigraphy3Spring
GEOL 680Field Camp3Summer (see note below)
Electives Group I
GEOL 605Introduction to Geochemistry3Spring
GEOL 640Introduction to Geophysics3Fall
Electives Group II (Energy and Natural Resources)
GEOL 702Economic Geology3Spring
GEOL 730Petroleum Geology3Fall
GEOL 834Seismic Data Interpretation3Spring
Electives Group III (Surficial Processes and the Environment)
GEOL 520Geomorphology3Fall
GEOL 611Hydrogeology3Spring
GEOL 650Geomicrobiology3Spring

Field Camp

As indicated above, Geology majors are required to take a three credit hour summer field geology course. Geology field courses (i.e., "field camp") typically last 3-6 weeks and provide for 3-6 credits. We highly recommend taking a longer field camp. However, the degree requirement allows maximum flexibility with non-academic conflicts. Many field camps exist across the country and the USGS Survey of Geoscience Field Camps provides a comprehensive list of geoscience field camps operated throughout the United States. If you have any questions about them or degree requirements, contact Dr. Brueseke and Dr. Farough. Departmental and external scholarships exist to help with field camp costs. You can read more about scholarships here.