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Geology-Chemistry, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the dual geology-chemistry major 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.

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Program Overview

We provide a broad and rigorous curriculum, including field, laboratory, classroom, and research experiences to best prepare our majors 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?

  • Knowledgeable, accomplished faculty, excellent learning community, and invaluable learning experiences.
  • Students take part in field studies and research where they use their geological knowledge in real world situations.
  • Individually mentored research opportunities are available to our undergraduate students.
  • Our students frequently attend and/or present their work at national, regional, or state professional meetings.
  • The Geology Club organizes events such as on-campus speakers, field experiences, and attendance at conferences.

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For More Information

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

Admissions Office

Location & Format

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



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

Career Options

A B.S. in geology-chemistry is useful in pursuing graduate school or obtaining an entry level job in:

  • Environmental remediation and water resources
  • Engineering geology and natural hazards
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Federal, state, and local agencies
  • Mineral and energy resource exploration
  • Science writing and museum work

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.


“Grand Valley is very student-oriented in everything from lectures to labs to advising, so I get to know almost every student I have. I feel like I make a connection to students.”


“We are interested in developing you as an individual, both as a scientist and as a productive and informed citizen. We mentor and continue to care about you and your career after you leave Grand Valley.”