Geology Major | LSU


You enjoy learning about the evolution of life and the planet we call home.

About Geology Careers

Study everything from the chemistry of groundwater to seismic interpretation of Earth’s subsurface. You can also enjoy a six-week field course at LSU’s field camp in the Rocky Mountains. A degree in geology from LSU will prepare you for a graduate degree program or a career in the energy or environmental industries. 

Concentrations Available:

Environmental Geology

Uses geological principles to solve environmental problems. This concentration provides a solid foundation in mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, and sedimentology, as well as basic courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.


This concentration focuses on the physics of the Earth and its environment with added emphasis on mathematics and physics.

Possible Careers

  • Earthquake specialist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Seismologist

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing a geology major.

  • 24 credit hours in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 LSU and cumulative GPA (2.5 GPA for transfer)
  • grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1001
  • grade of "C" or better in all math and science courses
  • grade of "C" or better in any of the following: Math 1022, Math 1023, Math 1550, or Math 1551

Senior College

College of Science


B.S.Geol., Bachelor of Science in Geology

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Science: ⚫︎⚫︎⚫︎
  • Math: ⚫︎⚫︎⚪︎
  • Electives: ⚫︎⚪︎⚪︎
  • Lab Hours or Field Work: ⚫︎⚪︎⚪︎

Learn more about course loads and subject areas

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