College of Arts and Sciences

190 Overman Hall, 419-372-2886

Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials, its structure, and the processes that are acting upon them including the evolution of the organisms that inhabit our planet. Geologists are responsible for discovering natural resources, identifying natural hazards, and supplying information critical for solving problems and establishing policy on resources management, protection of the environment, public health, safety, and welfare.

Major, Bachelor of Art (29 - 30 hours in Geology) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

Major, Bachelor of Science (35 -36 hours in Geology) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

This program takes four years plus one summer to complete.

Paleobiology specialization (no minor required) - Spring 2019 course requirements

Hydrogeology specialization (no minor required) - Spring 2019 course requirements

Minor in Geology (20 hours)

Minor in Paleontology (21 - 22 hours)

  • GEOL 1040 (4) or BIOL 2040 (5)
  • GEOL 1050 (4)
  • GEOL 2050 (3)
  • GEOL 2150 (3)
  • GEOL 4150 (4)
  • GEOL 4190 or 4800* or 4990* (3)

* Course can be used for undergraduate minor when Paleontology topic is the subject of the seminar or research project.

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.