What is Geology?

As a Geology major, you’ll learn how to analyze and help find solutions to a number of social issues, from reducing negative environmental impacts to discovering natural resources to identifying and mitigating natural hazards. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Geology or Geology BSLA. Our Geology BSLA major has fewer technical requirements and allows more flexibility to pursue other interests, resulting 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. If you plan to pursue graduate study in Geology or Geophysics or to work professionally in the environmental field after attaining your bachelor’s degree, this could be the program for you. Through your coursework, you’ll combine field study, computer and laboratory analysis, and theoretical application. You can choose from three concentrations: Geology, Geophysics, and Environmental Geology.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

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Sample employer destinations: VelocityEHS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State Geological Survey, Tom Vaughn Chapter 13 Trustee

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Stony Brook University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 32 ACT Score

1250 - 1440 SAT Score

3.45 - 3.86 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246