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Undergraduate Degrees and Minors in Geological Science

Geology is the key to our future

Bridgewater State University offers four degrees in the geological sciences, including an earth science bachelor’s degree, each of which will get you out of the classroom and into the field. Conduct research with a faculty mentor from the Department of Geological Sciences, tackle real-world problems like hazard analysis and health and safety, and learn how to educate the public and policymakers on issues of vital importance to humanity’s future.

Whether earning a Bachelor of Science in geology or earth science or one of our minors, you’ll acquire the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for most jobs for geology undergraduates and prepare for graduate study at the master’s or doctoral level.

Geological Sciences Program Highlights

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The Richard Enright Field Scholarship

This scholarship supports geological science and earth science bachelor’s degree students conducting fieldwork and research with funds to cover expenses (travel, lodging and transportation). We also partially fund students who attend our six-week summer field camp program.
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State-of-the-art facilities

Geological and earth science bachelor’s degree students can take advantage of the Department of Geological Sciences’ specialized x-ray instrumentation, 40 petrographic polarizing microscopes, four upper-level labs, two introductory labs, a computer/image analysis lab and rock preparation labs.
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Receive personal career advising

Meet with faculty regularly to discuss your academic progress, Bachelor of Science in geology jobs you may want to pursue, graduate school and internships.

Learn in small class sizes

Our student-to-faculty ratio averages 11:1, which gives you and other Bachelor of Science in earth or geological science students the opportunity to get personalized attention from faculty and collaborate closely with one another.

Bachelor of Science in geology jobs are easier to get when you have connections

For those earning a geological or earth science bachelor’s degree, we offer a range of internship and field study opportunities, providing invaluable hands-on experience and connections when seeking jobs for geology undergraduates.

We even have our own club

The BSU Geological Society isn’t just for geological or earth science bachelor’s degree students, but all students interested in the field of geology. Gain additional experience by taking part in the society’s regional, national and international field trips, as well as a range of social, academic and professional programs for members. You may also qualify for the national earth science honor society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

Program of Study for Geological Sciences Majors

At BSU, Bachelor of Science in geology programs are designed to provide a fundamental understanding of earth processes, as well as an understanding of the tools needed for environmental geoscience professions. Our elective courses will prepare you for environmental work related to detecting and monitoring of pollutants, as well as for remediation of affected areas.

These are just a few of the courses you’ll have the option to take:

  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Geodynamics
  • Mineralogy
  • Structural Geology
  • Earth Systems History

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Program details from 2022-2023 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Careers in Geological Sciences

When it comes to jobs for geology undergraduates, career opportunities exist in federal, state and local government service, and with environmental regulatory agencies and consulting firms. You could pursue jobs and careers such as:

  • Field assistant
  • Geoscientist
  • Mine geologist
  • Environmental field technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Petroleum geologist


of our earth science bachelor’s degree graduates are employed after graduation.

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Continue your education beyond your bachelor's degree in geology

Your undergraduate geological sciences degree may provide the perfect steppingstone to advanced study.