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Geological Sciences, Bachelor of Science (5008)

Western Kentucky University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bowling Green

Program description

Geological Sciences, Bachelor of Science (5008)

Geological science is often known as the science of the 21st century, as it is ground zero for tackling global challenges like managing land, water, ocean, space, mineral, and energy resources in a sustainable way. Society’s interest in the environment and climate change is growing fast. The time has never been better to become a geological scientist.

The B.S. degree in Geological Sciences can provide a wide variety of career options, including jobs in the corporate (oil & gas, mining, environmental, engineering), government (surveys, agencies, park service), and academic sectors. Our program takes a holistic approach, as the traditional geology has become increasingly interdisciplinary. With two concentrations (Geology, and Environmental Earth Science), the program has a common core, providing the knowledge base for students to pursue the Professional Geologist licensure. Each concentration has different other requirements, specializing in different subjects. Our classes feature interactive learning, both in the field exploring the earth and in the lab doing simulations and analytical works. Students also enjoy excellent opportunities to work with faculty and other students on a variety of research topics.

Admission requirements

International Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • Minimum academic requirements: Freshmen: 2.5 GPA / Transfer:* 2.0 GPA
    • *Students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • SAT Critical Reading – 450
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 460
    • ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52
    • DuoLingo - 100 DET for one-semester Pathway program; 90 DET for two-semester Pathway program
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received. Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Financial Evidence of Supportmust be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out theTransfer-In Form

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year


  • The Earth Laboratory
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • World History I
  • World History II
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • University Experience-Geography


  • Earth's Past and Future
  • Earth's Past and Future Lab
  • College Chemistry I
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Environmental Geology

Second Year


  • Mineralogy
  • Introductory Field Techniques
  • Calculus I
  • Colonnade - Arts & Humanities
  • Colonnade - Social & Behavioral


  • Petrology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Calculus II
  • Colonnade - Connections Social & Cultural

Third Year


  • Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Colonnade - Systems


  • Structural Geology
  • Writing in the Geosciences
  • Colonnade - Local to Global

Fourth Year


  • Professional Preparation in Geology


  • Colonnade - Social & Cultural

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Semester

  • Resident: $5,496
  • Military Veteran/Dependent Resident: $5,496
  • Non-Resident (Domestic): $13,500
  • Non-Resident (International):$13,824

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Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd.
42101 Bowling Green Kentucky
United States of America (USA)

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