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Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences

Geological Sciences is the science of our Planet and is the ground zero for tackling global challenges like managing land, water, ocean, space, mineral, and energy resources in a sustainable way. Society’s interest in the environment and climate change is growing fast. The time has never been better to become a geological scientist.

Students in our program enjoy excellent career-building opportunities in the world-class Crawford Hydrology Lab with karst and groundwater research and in other cutting-edge research labs (e.g., Landscape Geodynamics, SrataMax, and Reynolds). We provide expert guidance, mentorship, and career advice while creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment for students. 

We offer three tracks or concentration for the Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences

Environmental Earth Science






Quick Facts for Geological Sciences

  • Offer three different tracks to choose from - 
    • 59 semester hours are required for those interested in the Environmental Earth Science track in the program.
    • 65 semester hours are required for those interested in the Geology track in the program.
    • 42-44 semester hours are required for those interested in the General track in the program (a second major or minor is required only for this track).
  • Classrooms are equipped with unique economic and critical minerals, rocks, sediment cores, and fossil samples, state-of-the-art analytical and microscopy, high-quality image processing, and computational facilities.
  • Core Geological Sciences courses provide amazing field trip opportunities during the semester including the Mammoth Cave course.
  • Faculty-sponsored advanced research opportunities.
  • Study away opportunity.
  • Research presentation opportunity at WKU, national, and international research conferences.
  • Active Student Club (WKU Geology Club).
  • Provide in-state Tuition for Border States with Kentucky.
  • This major provides students with a versatile background in geological sciences for entry-level employment or graduate school.
  • This program provides the knowledge base for students to pursue the Professional Geologist licensure.


Geological Sciences

Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences

Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #31066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066

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