The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in geology from Wichita State produces well-rounded graduates through classroom and applied learning (in the field and in the lab). The major can be combined with many areas of study such as K-12 teaching, environmental studies, business, engineering and more—leading to diverse career options in industry, education and government.

Learn how geology is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must first be admitted to Wichita State.

For WSU's admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Field study gives Shocker students practical experience

Geology students can gain hands-on expereince before graduation.

Eighteen undergraduates from the Geology Department spent three weeks in Wyoming as part of Geology Field Camp, an intensive, four-week capstone course in the Bighorn Basin and Yellowstone region. 

Students had the opportunity to combine classroom lessons with field experience in sedimentology, mineralogy and structural geology. They also learned how to map and interpret rocks, which involved critical thinking and communication skills.


The BA in geology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of geology. Core courses include:

  • Earth Sciences & the Environment (with lab) OR General Geology
  • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Historical Geology
  • Mineralogy & Optical Mineralogy
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology


A degree in geology from Wichita State opens doors to employment in government, private industry and education—and prepares you for advanced study in any field of geoscience or environmental science.

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