Geology Programs

The Geology program consists of a traditional core curriculum with electives that are primarily in the realm of Environmental Science. Candidates for the B.A. and B.S. degrees in Geology must complete 120 credits of course work including satisfaction of the College Group Requirements and the University General Education Requirements, in addition to the Geology major requirements. Most upper level courses involve both a laboratory and a field component. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a Writing Intensive Course, and to complete 6 credits of Geology Field Camp for the B.S. degree or 2 credits of Geology Field Camp for the B.A. degree.

Students are encouraged to use Degree Works to track their current degree progress. Degree Works can be accessed via Academica (a.wayne.edu) beneath the Student Resources tab. Additional information about Degree Works can be found here: wayne.edu/degreeworks.

Degree Works is NOT a substitution for seeing your Academic Advisor.

Students are expected to see their Advisor at least once per semester to track their degree progress and to address any concerns they may have about how courses are categorized within Degree Works. 


Degree Requirements

B.S., Degree Requirements

     Explaining the Cognate Requirements

B.A., Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Graduate in 4-Years Plan


Choosing the Best Electives for Your Career Interests

Career Interest: Energy (Coal, Oil, Gas, and other energy sources) 

  • GEL 3450 - Principles of Paleontology 
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 
  • GEL 5210 - Applied Geophysics 
  • GEL 5450 - Hydrogeology
  • GEL 6500 - Economic Geology  

Career Interest: Environmental Geology 

  • GEL 3100 - Environmental Systems Analysis 
  • GEL 4400 - HAZWOPER Training
  • GEL 5000 - Geologic Site Assessment 
  • GEL 5450 - Hydrogeology 
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 
  • GEL 5510 - Environmental Fate & Transport of Pollutants 

*Students interested in this career path may want to consider a dual-major or dual-degree option with Biology or Environmental Science; see your advisor for more information. 

Career Interest: Geologic Mapping

  • GEL 5000 - Geologic Site Assessment 
  • GEL 5210 - Applied Geophysics 
  • GEL 5600 - Special Topics in Geology (Applied Geologic Mapping) 

*Students interested in this career path may want to consider options in Geography as well.

Career Interest: Hazards

  • GEL 4200 - Geomorphology
  • GEL 4400 - HAZWOPER Training
  • GEL 5000 - Geologic Site Assessment 
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 

Career Interest: Minerals 

  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 
  • GEL 5600 - Special Topics in Geology (Applied Geologic Mapping)
  • GEL 6500 - Economic Geology 

Career Interest: Planetary Sciences

  • GEL 4200 - Geomorphology 
  • GEL 5600 - Special Topics in Geology (Applied Geologic Mapping)
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 

*Students interested in this career path may want to consider options in Astronomy as well. 

Career Interest: Education

  • GEL 5030 - Earth Science for Educators (required for CoE students) 

*Students interested in this career path may want to consider a dual-degree option in the College of Education. 

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