Geology Major

Learn the foundational concepts of geology with the Geology BA or Geology BS from the College of Science and Technology. Geologists use a combination of field and laboratory research to understand the physical, chemical and biological processes that have shaped our planet over time and how these processes affect us. You’ll cover topics like

  • energy resources;
  • environmental protection;
  • geologic hazards such as volcanic eruptions, storms and floods; and
  • global climate change.

Elevate your degree with a combination of upper-level classes that meet your interests and future goals, and prepare for postgraduate study or a career in development, policy and research.

Choosing between the BA and BS

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is geared toward liberal arts students who want to concentrate in geology. Students gain exposure to the study of groundwater, minerals and physical geology. It is also well-suited for premedicine and prelaw students as well as those planning to teach earth science in secondary school. The BA degree requires slightly fewer credit hours than the BS degree, so you will have sufficient flexibility for electives outside the major.

The Bachelor of Science in Geology (BS) involves foundational and advanced science courses and is the best choice if you are considering graduate studies in the geosciences. The BS curriculum includes courses such as igneous and metamorphic geology, the use of computers and remote sensing in geology, paleontology and the interpretation of earth history through the study of sedimentary deposits. It also provides excellent preparation for a career in government, industry, research or teaching.

Learn more about courses and curriculum for the Geology BA and Geology BS.

Geology Major / Master of Education

You can also earn a Geology Major from the College of Science and Technology and a Master of Education from the College of Education and Human Development. Qualified students can earn a master’s degree in five years, instead of taking the usual six. Learn more about pursuing this accelerated degree.

Geology students performing a study in the field

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $22,224.00 per year
Out-of-state: $36,624.00 per year