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Geology, B.S.

Geoscientists study and assess global and local earth systems and contribute to prediction of future trends. They solve environmental issues, locate water, mineral and energy resources, and predict and help mitigate natural hazards and disasters.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

The curriculum develops the whole student through rigorous, project-based activities that include field, laboratory, classroom, and research experiences to best prepare students for a broad range of geoscience-related career opportunities. The program offers a Bachelor of Science in geology with either an environmental emphasis or a traditional geology degree, as well as a geology minor.

Why Study Geology at Grand Valley?

  • Students are immersed in a community of accomplished faculty members and engaged students, complemented by invaluable learning experiences outside the classroom.
  • Students often conduct field studies and educational research where they can apply their earth science knowledge in real-world situations.
  • Individually mentored educational, curriculum, or geologic research opportunities are available to undergraduate students.
  • Students routinely attend and/or present their work at national, state, or regional professional meetings.
  • Student-run clubs meet regularly and organize events, including speakers and field experiences that build networking, industry knowledge, and real-world experiences.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Geology
118 Padnos Hall of Science
(616) 331-3728

Admissions and Recruitment Office


"The professors are the best teachers and mentors, they really care for each individual student. I left this program with a degree, lifelong friends, and the skills and knowledge to have a thriving career."


“There are few undergraduate geoscience programs that compare to GVSU. The opportunity for academic success, rigorous undergraduate research and positive mentoring relationships has been invaluable in my academic career.”