University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Geology

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Current Requirements

  • GEOL 001 or GEOL 005 or GEOL 055; GEOL 062, GEOL 101, GEOL 110, GEOL 260.
  • At least three credits of field experience are highly advisable (GEOL 201* or field camp**).
  • Three Geology courses (at least 3 credits each) at level 100 or higher.
  • Senior seminar (GEOL 291 and GEOL 292) or minimum of one semester (three credits) research (GEOL 197, GEOL 198). Review linked information!
  • Three additional courses (at least 3 credits each) in geology or approved science, mathematics, engineering or statistics courses at level 100 or higher selected in consultation with a geology advisor.
  • MATH 021, MATH 022 (possible alternatives are MATH 19, MATH 23, or MATH 19, MATH 20, MATH 22. Please consult your advisor.)
  • CHEM 031, CHEM 032 (or CHEM 035, CHEM 036).
  • Two semesters of introductory physics with lab strongly recommended.
  • Total Hours: 31-35 hours Geology & 23-26 hours geo/math/ancillary science

*GEOL 201 Advanced Field Geology (3 credits)

The requirement for advanced field geology is designed to be part of a capstone experience for the B.S. degree.  Its successful completion indicates that you have demonstrated that you possess the following skills:


  • An ability to design a geological project with minimal input
  • An ability to collect and interpret data with minimal input from the faculty

Evidence of problem-solving in the field

  • An ability to establish the geological context for data collected while in the field

Observational skills

  • An ability to make detailed multidimensional observations of geological phenomenon.
  • An ability to integrate these observations using a mix of spatial and temporal data from multiple locations
  • An ability to keep a field notebook that can be used by others

Duration of field work

The equivalent of 42-50 hours of working in the field are required for this course.  Please note that this does not include travel time to and from the field site nor the preparation of reports.


The following products must be turned in at the end of field work.

  • You must turn in a field map and/or a profile showing spatial relationships of data collected from each of your field stations
  • A field notebook containing your station locations, observations and measurements
  • A written report summarizing your findings

** Note on field camps: If you choose to enroll in an off-campus field course you will need to demonstrate that the field camp’s curriculum fulfills the requirements listed above. The field camp MUST be pre-approved by the department. Please consult with your academic advisor or Char Mehrtens.

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