So, just what exactly is Geology? 

Geology is the scientific study of planet Earth. Geologists describe and interpret the processes that form and change our world, with particular emphasis on rock and fossil records. In addition, Geologists discover and manage the natural resources upon which human society depends.


Degrees We Offer at Wayne State University


Wayne State offers both a Bachelor's of Science and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Geology as well as a minor.

Students study a core curriculum of: 

  • Geology: The Science of the Earth (GEL 1010),
  • Interpreting the Earth (GEL 1020),
  • Mineralogy (GEL 2130),
  • Petrology (GEL 3160),
  • Structual Geology (3300), and, 
  • Principles of Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (GEL 3400)

Many of our electives train students to address environmental issues and provide a firm foundation for advanced study. Our curriculum emphasizes laboratory and field experiences that prepare our graduates for careers in the petroleum and mining industries, environmental consulting, and graduate studies. 

Students will also complete Cognate coursework in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics as part of the major requirements for Geology.


A minimum of 32 credits are required for the Master of Science degree in Geology (comprised of 24 credits of course work and 8 thesis credits). The graduate curriculum may include courses in traditional fields (Hydrogeology, Economic Geology, Geochronology), and in the field of Environmental Geology (Site Assessment, Soils and Soil Pollution, Environmental Isotope Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry).

Additional information about our M.S. program is available on the Graduate Studies page. 

Want to know more about a potential major in Geology? Watch these short videos:

Majoring in Geology  

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