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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geology

221 McGilvrey Hall
Tel: 330-672-2680
Fax: 330-672-7949


The 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. 

Career Opportunities

Geoscientists held about 33,600 jobs in 2008, while another 8,100 were employed as hydrologists. Many more individuals held geoscience faculty positions in colleges and universities, but they are classified as college and university faculty.

About 23 percent of geoscientists were employed in architectural, engineering, and related services and 19 percent worked for oil and gas extraction companies. State agencies such as State geological surveys and State departments of conservation employed another 9 percent of geoscientists. Eight percent worked for the Federal Government, including geologists, geophysicists, and oceanographers, mostly within the U.S. Department of the Interior for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and within the U.S. Department of Defense.

Among hydrologists, 26 percent were employed in architectural, engineering, and related services, and 19 percent worked for management, scientific, and technical consulting services. The Federal Government employed about 27 percent of hydrologists, mostly within the U.S. Department of the Interior for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and within the U.S. Department of Defense.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Understand and communicate to others: a. the nature of scientific investigation and evidence, b. the complex interrelationships of the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the lithosphere through geologic time.

2. Understand Earth materials and interpret geologic and environmental processes.

3. Synthesize geologic information to understand and solve geologic and environmental problems.

4. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills and be able to work as a geologist in the field and in the laboratory.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Kent State Student Chapter for the Association of Environment (KSAEG); Kent State Geological Society

Advanced Degree Programs

Geology (M.S.), Secondary Education: Earth Science (M.A.T.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (65 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 10110

Biological Diversity (4)
Invertebrate Zoology (4)
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  GEOG 31062 Fundamental of Meteorology 3
    31064 Principles of Climatology 3
    41073 Conservation-Natural Resources 3
    41082 Geography of Soils 3
KBS GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics 3
KBS   11041 Earth Dynamics Laboratory 1
KBS   11042 Earth History 3
KBS   11043 Earth History Laboratory 1
KAD   21080 Oceanography 3
    23063 Earth Materials I 4
    31070 Earth Materials II 4
    32066 Geomorphology 4
WIC   34061 Invertebrate Paleontology** 4
    3/4xxxx GEOL Elective (upper division) 3
    3/4xxxx GEOG or GEOL Elective (upper division) 3
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KAD   11022 Trigonometry 3
KBS PHY 13001


General College Physics I (4)
General College Physics Laboratory I (1)
General University Physics I (5)
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language*** 14-20
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)**** 3
  General Electives (12 credit hours must be upper division)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

**A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

***Fulfills College General Requirements

****One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (JUS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Foreign Language Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

a. Intermediate I and II of the same language
b. Elementary I and II of a second language
c. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    -Intermediate I of the same language
    -MCLS 10001 Introduction to Structural Concepts for Language Students
    -MCLS 20000 Global Literacy and Cultural Awareness
    -MCLS 20091 Seminar: Global Literacy Case Studies

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining hours with general electives.