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Geology Bachelor of Science and Geology Minor and Honors requirements - click here

The Department of Geology was established in 1887 at the University of Arkansas. The Bachelor of Science degree is a professional program placing emphasis on mathematics and physics and requires students to participate in a summer field geology course either at the departmental camp in southwestern Montana or at another approved facility.

The Department of Geology has all necessary equipment and facilities to introduce the undergraduate to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the earth. Investigations take place at scales varying from microscopic examination of rock textures to structural analysis of the earth's crust based on satellite images. The faculty also take advantage of the natural laboratory available within the state and adjacent areas. Spring break field trips provide opportunities to view and to learn about regional geology outside of Arkansas. Field trip experiences provide a frame of reference for further classroom laboratory studies. Most geology classes also take field trips in the Ozarks, the Ouachitas, the Arkoma Basin, or the coastal plain.

Students wishing to become practicing professional geologists should hold the Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. It is further recognized that practicing professional geologists typically hold a Master of Science degree.

The goal of the program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Geology is to provide students with a broad spectrum of the various subdisciplines of geology, while at the same time honoring an emphasis in the traditional areas of mineralogy, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology, structural geology and stratigraphic principles. This curriculum will prepare students to enter graduate programs without deficiencies at the University of Arkansas or other established programs. 

Students who wish to minor in geology are advised to consult with a geology faculty member to develop the course work program that best complements their major area of study.

Checklist for Geology major

Checklist for Geology minor

Undergraduate Geosciences Scholarship Application

List of Scholarships

Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate GEOLOGY MAJORS from the Department of Geosciences. The policy of the scholarship committee is to provide partial funding to students to further their academic goals. For example: field camp, research, and presentations at professional meetings.

The department offers the following guidance on some of the criteria that is considered in making awards. Applications must be TYPED. No handwritten applications will be accepted or considered. Applicants must also plan ahead for their needs and submit their applications to include details of their proposed budget, providing information regarding other potential sources and amounts of funding as well as their requested scholarship amount. Budgets should be itemized, realistic, and relevant to academic goals of the student.

Applications must be submitted by 15 February and 1 October of the Spring and Fall semesters respectively. Financial need and the student's existing scholarships are considered. Student contribution to the Department of Geosciences will be used as a criterion for scholarships. Contributions include but are not limited to: participation in departmental activities, presentations at meetings, and publications. Return the completed and typed application form to the Geosciences office, Room 216 Ozark Hall, on or before each deadline date. Decisions will be made within 30 days following each deadline.     

Departmental Honors

Students with strong academic backgrounds and minimum grade point averages of 3.25 are encouraged to enroll in the departmental honors program no later than the second semester of the junior year. Honors students participate in special seminars and colloquia as well as upper-division honors classes. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, the honors candidate engages in independent research toward the writing and defense of an honors thesis. Students who complete the honors program and maintain the minimum grade point average are awarded the distinction Geology Scholar Cum Laude at graduation. The distinctions Magna Cum laude and Summa Cum Laude are awarded for exceptional work.