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Geological Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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They collaborate with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and other international organizations. Research scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, environmental firms, the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies in the Washington, D.C., area augment the full-time faculty, providing a broad capability for education and hands-on training.

Related majors include anthropology, archaeology, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, economics, hominid paleobiology and physics.

The Geological Sciences program at George Washington University equips students with knowledge about a broad range of geological topics, including mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and applied environmental applications, all with an emphasis on field-based studies. Students graduate from the program with an understanding of the complex structure of the Earth and the processes operating within the atmosphere, oceans and solid Earth.

What can I do in the Geological Sciences field?

Many students majoring in the geological sciences continue in graduate programs in geology or environmental science. Others find employment in energy resource development, basic geological research or the environmental sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Structural Geology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Geological Field Methods
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Calculus with Precalculus 
  • Calculus 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Financial Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Passport
  • International Credentials
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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