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B.S. in Geology Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Required Courses from Geology
    • GEOL 111–111L Understanding the Earth with Lab (4)
    • GEOL 112–112L History of the Earth and Its Life with Lab (4)
    • GEOL 212 Earth Materials I: Minerals (4)
    • GEOL 320 Earth Material II: Igneous/Metamorphic Rocks (4)
    • GEOL 330 Deformation of the Earth (4)
    • GEOL 340 Sedimentary Processes (4)
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes (3)
    • GEOL 370 Field Methods (3)
    • GEOL 495A–495B Seminar (2 semesters) (2)
    • And twelve additional semester hours in GEOL 300–400-level courses (12)
  2. Required Courses from Related Fields
    • CHEM 124–124L General Chemistry I with Lab (4)
    • CHEM 125–125L General Chemistry II with Lab (4)
    • ENG 225 Writing for Science and Technology (3)
    • MATH 205 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 206 Calculus II (4)
    • PHYS 170–170L General Physics I: Particles and Waves with Lab (5)
    • PHYS 171–171L General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism with Lab (5)

Total in Group 2: 73

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.S. in Geology

120 Semester Hours


  1. All required Courses in Geology in Group 2, Major Requirements, above must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in all required courses listed in Group 2, Major Requirements, above.
  3. At least 32 semester hours must be earned in courses numbered 300–400. Courses in Group 2 supply 32 of these credits.
  4. Students preparing for graduate school should consider taking a summer field course in Geology and possibly MATH 300 (Ordinary Differential Equations), CS 150 (Introduction to Computer Science), or PHYS 260 (Computational Physics and Astronomy).
  5. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  6. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is found in the Course Listings in this Catalog.
  7. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.

    Rev. 4/12/13