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Geology-Chemistry, B.S.

The program prepares students to use a combination of geology and chemistry to study the earth, solve problems related to our environment, and find mineral and energy resources.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

The program offers a broad and rigorous curriculum, including field, laboratory, classroom, and research experiences to best prepare students for a broad range of geoscience-related career opportunities. Minors in geology and earth science are also offered. Visit for details.

Why Study Geology-Chemistry 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.

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


The program consists of coursework in the geosciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Subjects include:

  • Earth history
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic information systems
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Plate tectonics
  • Quantitative analysis

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
Padnos Hall of Science #118
(616) 331-3728

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“This program offers opportunities to become academically involved and form close connections with faculty. The blend of geology and chemistry provides the knowledge to prepare you for a range of successful career paths.”


“Gaining a strong background across both geology and chemistry has helped me become a more well-rounded scientist. The faculty works with you closely to ensure success at and beyond GVSU.”