College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Geology?

As a Geology major, you’ll learn how to analyze and help find solutions to many social issues. You'll explore how to reduce negative environmental impacts and find other natural resources. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Geology or Geology BSLAS. This major has fewer technical requirements and allows flexibility to pursue other interests. This will result in a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also offers a Secondary Education option for the teaching of Earth Science in high schools. Our Geology major includes a specialized curriculum through which you’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Through your coursework, you’ll combine field study, theory, and computer and lab analysis. You can choose from three concentrations: Geology, Geophysics, or Environmental Geology.

Career Options

  • Anthropology
  • Economic minerals
  • Energy
  • Environmental geology
  • Environmental protection
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Government
  • Law
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$51,527 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Strive Preparatory Schools, State Bank of Waterloo, Ridgeline Engineering View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770