Available Emphasis Areas:

  • Applied Geology - Emphasis
  • Geophysics - Emphasis
  • Paleontology - Emphasis

This degree attracts students who are curious about geologic hazards, the evolution of the Earth, and what lies beneath the landscape. The program incorporates field-work, laboratory experience, and specialized computer programs that help unveil the secrets of the Earth’s infrastructure.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Geology?

Do earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis intrigue you? Are you fascinated by volcanoes, canyons, and dinosaurs? Want a career that keeps you grounded while letting you travel through time? Then consider a B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University. Here, you can study nature most dramatic events and discover where precious resources like water, minerals, and fossil fuels are found, and why.

As you study, you can also learn more about careers in geoscience research, resource discovery and management, and education. You will experience an interdisciplinary approach to earth science and will gain critical skills with field and analytical techniques. You'll find plenty of opportunities to work on faculty research projects and be encouraged to design your own studies, too.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Consulting firm
  • Engineering firm
  • Marketing and research firm
  • Mining company

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Geophysicist
  • Mining engineer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum geologist

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
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