Geology Undergraduate Programs

BA/BS Geology

Geologists are employed in environmental industries, oil and gas exploration, metallic and nonmetallic mining, engineering, federal and state geological surveys, and university teaching. Concern for the quality of the environment provides career opportunities for geologists in the areas of water supply, waste disposal and avoidance of geologic hazards. The demand for energy and mineral resources continues to provide jobs in the coal, petroleum and mineral industries in which geologists traditionally have been employed. Careers in geology also provide those who like to travel with a chance to work in a variety of interesting and unusual locations.

Programs in geology emphasize both laboratory and field experience. In addition to a required five-week summer field course held in New Mexico and Colorado, the department periodically offers trips to the Appalachian Mountains; the upper peninsula of Michigan; Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; and the Ohio-Indiana area.

Several degree options are available to students, including a BA and a BS with optional specializations in Hydrogeology and Paleobiology.

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in geology are expected to:

  • Identify, describe and classify earth materials, formations and structures and interpret them in the context of geologic processes.
  • Analyze and report quantitative geologic data collected in the field and laboratory.
  • Read, write, present and critically evaluate geologic reports, professional papers and maps
  • Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines to solve geologic problems


Renovated Moseley Hall Re-opens as Science Complex

When it re-opens after a major renovation in Fall 2017, Moseley Hall will contain laboratory classrooms for the departments of Geology, Chemistry, Biology and Medical Lab Science.

News and Stories

Graduate Student Studies Volcanic Hazards

Graduate student Megan Saalfeld volunteers at the USGS-Cascade Volcano Observatory and studies the geochemical and petrological evolution of Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador. “In between my field work in Ecuador this past May and being a teaching assistant for field camp in Iceland in August, I have been spending my summer learning about the research being done by the scientists at CVO,” she said. “During my time here, I have had the opportunity to help build a ‘spider’ (a volcano monitoring station) and take trips into the field to maintain and repair the volcano monitoring network around Mt. Hood.


Earthquake Research Featured in “Science” Journal

An article on micro-earthquakes in California that was co-authored by BGSU assistant professor Yuning Fu was published in the June 16 issue of the journal “Science.” The authors "used 9 years of global positioning system (GPS) vertical deformation time series to constrain models of monthly hydrospheric loading and the resulting stress changes on fault planes of small earthquakes. The seasonal loading analysis reveals earthquakes occurring more frequently during stress conditions that favor earthquake rupture.” It is an honor to be published in this prestigious journal, and these findings are exciting news for the geophysics community.

New Specialization Offered in Hydrogeology

Beginning fall semester 2017, the Department of Geology will offer a new interdisciplinary specialization in Hydrogeology for students majoring in Geology, making BGSU the only public university in Ohio with a Hydrogeology specialization. Hydrologists—who are earth scientists—study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust, solving problems related to water quality or availability. The wide variety of career options for graduates with the B.S. degree can be found in the field, in the lab, in the office or interacting with the public

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Geology are expected to be able to:

  • Identify, describe, and classify earth materials, formations, and structures and interpret them in the context of geologic processes;
  • Analyze and report quantitative geologic data collected in the field and laboratory;
  • Read, write, present, and critically evaluate geologic reports, professional papers and maps;
  • Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines to solve geologic problems.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Geology program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Geology program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Geology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 06/23/2021 01:29PM