Geology is the science of Earth. It deals with processes within Earth and at Earth's surface that control landscape features, produce essential natural resources, and often result in geologic hazards. It is a science that seeks to understand the history of Earth from the perspective of geologic time and to predict the results of human interaction with the natural environment. It is an interdisciplinary science and requires a foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in geology are prepared for careers in environmental geology and water resources, exploration and development of petroleum and other natural resources, marine geology, space geology and many other areas.
Geology BS Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Geology BS Semester Guide
Availability: Hattiesburg Campus
Admission Requirements: See University Admission Policies
Program Academic Policies and Requirements: See University Academic Policies and Requirements
- High school students interested in careers in geology or related areas are encouraged to complete credits in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics through second-year algebra, solid geometry and trigonometry.
- Students transferring into the program in geology from community colleges, other universities or other programs should note the prerequisites for upper-level geology courses. Completion of GLY 101 /GLY 101L and at least one course in chemistry no later than the summer preceding the junior year is recommended.
Internships and Career Development:
- All undergraduate degrees in geology require a six-semester-hour course in field geology. Students are encouraged to complete this course through The University of Southern Mississippi, but if necessary, students can take this course from another university with the prior approval of the school director. The student is responsible for all fees, including out-of-state tuition, if applicable.
- Students in geology must take the exam required to qualify as a registered professional geologist in the state of Mississippi. The student is responsible for the exam fee.