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Bachelor in Geology

University of Mount Union
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Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Geology

The Bachelor of Science in geology at the University of Mount Union provides students a unique opportunity to study natural and physical characteristics of Earth in relation to meeting the demands of the 21st Century. Through a holistic education that focuses on hands-on learning experiences, students will explore a variety of topics, including the history of the Earth and life, plate tectonics, earth materials, hydrology, sedimentology, natural resources, and environmental issues. Following four years of study, our students emerge ready to carry out a successful and rewarding career in the geosciences.

Admission requirements

GPA requirement: 2.5 (except for nursing, that requirement is a 3.3)

English proficiency (one of the following):

  • TOEFL: 61 iBT
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • PTE: 55

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Program content

  • Physical Geology: How the Earth Works
  • Investigation Earth
  • Special Topics
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Historical Geology
  • History of Life
  • Regional Geology
  • Special Topics
  • Earth Materials
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Geology Seminar
  • Directed Studies in Earth Sciences
  • Special Topics
  • Research
  • Senior Culminating Experience
  • Honors Thesis/Project

Scholarships & funding

A Mount Union education is accessible to students of all backgrounds thanks to the university's robust scholarship and grant offerings. There are several state and federal options available to assist you, as well as many Mount Union awards that are specific to your career at the university. For more information, please visit the Mount Union website. 


Upon completion of this program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Learning objectives

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the formation of a suite of common rocks, rock-forming minerals, and geologic structures.
  • Students will be able to correctly interpret topographic and geologic maps and cross sections.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to read, write, and speak cogently using the language of geology.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform geological research by applying the scientific method; identify and locate existing geologic information; collecting and analyzing observations and data, make viable interpretations and communicate results orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will be employable in geology-related fields or be able to further their education in graduate programs, after graduation.

Career opportunities

If studying the materials, processes, and history of the Earth interests you, check out our geology major. Not only is it a fascinating field, but it’s in demand as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth of 16 percent is expected in the field through 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be fueled by the need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management. Emerging technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing will play a role in this increased demand as will the need for alternative energy sources including wind energy, geothermal energy, and solar power.

At Mount Union, our geology degree students combine a solid foundation in geological science with practical skills in the field. With this preparation, you will be prepared for graduate study as well as entry-level geology careers in a number of fields.

Common careers include: 

  • Environmental geoscience
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Mining and minerals
  • Federal and state governments
  • Education

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About this institute

University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers rigorous and relevant academic programs that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s students can select from broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors. Known for its...

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Why study at University of Mount Union

Mount Union is a small institution. We are proud to offer small class sizes, all taught by professors. More than 80% of our faculty have terminal degrees in their fields of study. This gives our students a chance to research and learn alongside our talented faculty in their academic fields. We are proud that 98% of our students find jobs in less than 3 months after graduating with their Mount Union degree!

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University of Mount Union

1972 Clark Avenue
44601 Alliance Ohio
United States of America

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