B.S. in Geology Requirements

Group 1. General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2018

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural 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.

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 foundations, diversification, structural and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements and Assigned Credits (71-73 credits)

1. Required Courses from Geology

  • GEOL 111-111L Understanding the Earth (3), Understanding the Earth Lab (1)
  • GEOL 112-112L Hist of the Earth & Its Life (3), History of the Earth Lab (1)
  • GEOL 212 Earth Materials I: Minerals (4)
  • GEOL 320 Erth Mat II: Igneous/Meta Rock (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 445 GIS for Geology (3) or GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing (3)
  • GEOL 495A-495B Seminar (1), Seminar (1)
  • And nine additional semester hours in GEOL courses at the 300- or 400-level. (9)

2. Required Courses from Related Fields

  • CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I (3), General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CHEM 162-162L General Chemistry II (3), General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • ENG 225 Writing for Sci & Technology (3) or MATH 211 Matrix Algebra w/Applications (3)
  • MATH 241 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 242 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS 170-170L Gen Phys I: Mechanics (4), Gen Phys I Lab (1) or PHYS 151-151L College Physics I (3), College Physics I Lab (1)
  • PHYS 272-272L Gen Phys II: Elec & Magnetism (4), Gen Phys II Lab (1) or PHYS 152-152L College Physics II (3), College Physics II Lab (1)

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

120 credits required.


  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. All GEOL courses required for the major must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0). Any passing grade is acceptable for courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English.
  3. At least 32 credits must be earned in courses at the 300- or 400-level. 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 Diff Equations (3) , CS 172 Python for Data Analysis (3) , or PHYS 260 Computational Physics & Astron (3) .
  5. To earn a Bachelor of Science 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 wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  7. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  8. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.