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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Department of Geology offers three degree tracks, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree, and the Geology Minor.

The Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) program is designed for students who desire a more flexible program of study than is provided by the B.S. degree. It may be used by those seeking a more liberal education or a background in geology for use in other fields. It is also a popular choice for students wishing to pursue Geology as a second major. The A.B. degree is not intended to prepare a student for professional or graduate work in geosciences unless the student takes the additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics required for the B.S. degree. Because many of the requirements are the same for the B.S. and A.B. degree, if a students starts in the A.B. program and decides at a later time to switch to the B.S., this is generally easy to do.


ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 1113 or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000


At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.

Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H and CHEM 1311L) or (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H and CHEM 1312LPHYS 1211-1211L or PHYS 1212-1212L

Life Sciences (3-4 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.


Preferred Course(s): MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H 


Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.

World Languages and Culture (9 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)

No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view


  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111HIST 2111EHIST 2111HHIST 2112HIST 2112EHIST 2112HHIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.

Preferred Course(s): ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2120H 


CHEM 1211CHEM 1211L or CHEM 1311HCHEM 1311L or  CHEM 1411CHEM 1411L
GEOL 1250-1250L or (GEOL 1121GEOL 1121L) or GEOL 1121H or GEOL 2350H
GEOL 1260-1260L or (GEOL 1122GEOL 1122L) or GEOL 1122H or GEOL 2360H

Choose one course from the following:

Choose one course from the following (not taken above):

If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) 


A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.

Required Courses (30-33 hours)

GEOL 3010-3010L GEOL 4060/6060-4060L/6060L
GEOL 3020-3020L GEOL 4270/6270
GEOL 4010-4010L GEOL 4500/6500-4500L/6500L
GEOL 4020-4020L  

Choose one course from the following:

GEOL 3030 GEOL(ANTH) 4340/6340
GEOL 3090 GEOL 4350/6350
GEOL 3120-3120L GEOL 4360/6360 
GEOL 3130 GEOL 4510/6510 or GEOL 4520/6520
GEOL 3350 GEOL 4530/6530-4530L/6530L 
GEOL 4050/6050 GEOL 4550/6550
GEOL 4090/6090 GEOL 4560/6560
GEOL 4110/6110 GEOL 4600/6600
GEOL 4220/6220 GEOL 4620/6620
GEOL 4300/6300 GEOL 4640/6640
GEOL 4310/6310 GEOL 4660/6660
GEOL 4320/6320  GEOL(ANTH) 4700/6700
GEOL 4330/6330


  • (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.)
  • Upper division (6-9 hours)
  • Any level (18-24 hours)

(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)

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