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Geosciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , MT,
The Department of Geosciences is a nationally recognized program with a long history of excellence in undergraduate education. Our first bachelor’s degree was granted in 1902 and our program was the first university science department established in the state of Montana.


We offer four options for a Bachelor of Science degree: Geosciences B.S., International Field Geosciences Joint B.S. with University College Cork (Ireland), International Field Geosciences Dual B.S. with Potsdam University (Germany), and a B.S. in Earth Science Education.

Western Montana is an amazing natural laboratory to study geosciences. All of our courses for majors have field experiences. Many of our students work on faculty research projects or do internships with government agencies, NGOs, and industry. About 40% of our graduates complete a senior thesis as part of their degree program where they are mentored one-on-one by a faculty member through a research project.

The number of majors in our program has been growing in recent years and currently is approximately 160. People with degrees in geosciences are in high demand nationally and employment in geoscience-related occupations currently is growing at about 3% per year. During the last decade over 230 people have graduated from our program with B.S. degrees and 90% of our graduates have completed their degree in four years or less.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Intro to Physical Geology
  • Earth's History and Evolution
  • Earth Materials
  • Paleobiology
  • Global Water
  • Hydrogeology
  • Prin of Sedimentary Petrology
  • Snow, Ice and Climate or
  • Process Geomorphology

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General Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit required application documents
  • English language proficiency requirements
  • Academic records
  • Financial information
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49886 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24943 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Missoula

  • 1000 - 2080 USD/month
    Living Costs

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