Geology Degree Overview
Geology DegreesStudents can complete 2-3 years of coursework at Kent State Stark before transitioning to the Kent Campus to complete their geology degrees.
Bachelor of Arts in GeologyThe Bachelor of Arts in geology graduates have excellent opportunities for employment in a wide variety of careers where an understanding of the natural sciences is useful or critical for success. Geology can be a strong background for advanced study or career development in areas such as business, city management, regional development, planning, law, journalism and science writing. Requirements include courses concerning minerals, rocks, landforms, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry and field mapping.
Bachelor of Arts in Earth ScienceThe Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science is ideal for students interested in an interdisciplinary basic science leading to potential careers in allied environmental, ecological or earth system fields. The program requires a minimum of 21 hours of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics; and 30 hours of geology, including courses in oceanography, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms. A geography sequence is also required. A capstone field course is not required; however, most geology courses have extensive (one-to-three-day) excursions that allow students to obtain valuable field experience.
Bachelor of Science in GeologyThe Bachelor of Science in geology is designed for those interested in a professional career in the field. Students must complete 50 credits of geology courses focusing on minerals, rocks, landforms, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry and field mapping, among others. Supplemental courses include introductory chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. Students also select several upper-division geology electives that allow specialization in a variety of applied or theoretical areas of the science. The program features a 6-credit capstone summer field course in the Black Hills, South Dakota.
Environmental Geology Concentration
The Environmental Geology concentration provides students with specialized training for careers in the well-established and growing field of environmental geology. Students must complete 51-52 credits of geology courses focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils, structural geology, geochemistry and field mapping. Students choose upper-division electives from a menu of courses focusing on hydrology, hydrogeology, engineering geology and environmental monitoring techniques. The program features a 6-credit capstone summer field course in the Black Hills, South Dakota.