B.A. Geology Major

Notice: The information on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect official degree requirements, which can change. Students should refer to the degree requirements for their matriculation term in the official College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin, and consult with the academic advisor.

The B.A. degree has fewer scientific requirements than the B.S. and is designed primarily for those who expect to use geological sciences in business careers, scientific writing, science librarianship, science teaching below the college level, or as a more general liberal arts education. Unlike the B.S. degree, the B.A. degree allows the student to pursue a double, or even a triple major. If the student elects science and mathematics courses required for the B.S. degree, this program will provide, in addition to a broad general education, an adequate background for advanced study and professional employment in geological sciences.

The B.A. in geology provides a broadly based background in the fundamentals of the geological sciences. It offers maximum flexibility in course selection to enhance interdisciplinary study and makes a double major easily accessible to students in related


Students must complete 3 credit hours, including the following:

  1. 25 credit hours of courses in the geological sciences, to include
  2. At least one course at the 100 level, with a maximum of three courses.
  3. At least one course at the 200 level, with a maximum of two courses.
  4. At least one course at the 300 level.
  5. At least one course at the 400 level.
  6. Course work at the 200, 300, or 400 level to reach a minimum of 25 credit hours in geological sciences.
  7. At least 6 additional credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences courses that carry Natural and Mathematical Sciences distribution credit, chosen from a department or departments other than Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students must also complete the requirements and procedures listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin under “General Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees.”

Students should note that in many cases credit may only be used for one course in a department if there is significant overlap with another course (e.g. C101 or C105).

The B.A. in Geological Sciences is designed as a general baccalaureate degree with a science focus. It gives maximum flexibility for students to concentrate on their interests within the major (for example: environmental geology, water quality, economic minerals, materials, petroleum, natural hazards) and seek outside concentrations. It also allows students to pursue double or triple majors. The Geology BA degree requires 25 credit hours in Geological Science and 6 N&M credit hours selected from any field, including Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics in any combination and at any level. This easily allows a Geology BA major to apply these 6 credit hours to any elected minor in any of these other fields and to add a major or minor in Geological Sciences to other concentrations. It is also ideal for Pre-Law and Pre-Med students.

Undergraduate Advisors

For forms and additional information about undergraduate study in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University, please contact:

  1. Kaj Johnson, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies,, 812–855–3612
  2. Bruce Douglas, Senior Lecturer and Director of the IU Geologic Field Station, 812–855–3848
  3. Kathy Davis, Undergraduate Academic Advisor 812–855–2391.
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