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Geological Sciences

San Diego State University

48 months
11880 USD/year
11880 USD/year
8136 USD/year
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Geological Sciences is the study of the earth, its past, present, and future. San Diego State University offeres two undergraduate degree options: a BA and a BSc


Key facts

Geoscientists apply basic physical, chemical, and biological principles to understand how the earth was formed, how it evolved, and how it may change in the future. In addition to understanding the origin and evolution of our planet, geologists seek to discover, use, and manage earth’s resources in clean and environmentally responsible ways, and manage our water resources in a renewable way. The challenges will grow as geoscientists address major societal issues including dwindling energy resources, climate change, environmental pollution, and natural disasters from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and coastal subsidence.

Students who are curious about the planet on which we live, challenged by environmental problems facing humankind, and intrigued by a subject which combines both the arts and applied science, should consider the geological sciences as a major. Job prospects are good. Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many openings are expected in consulting firms and the oil and gas industry. Job opportunities should be excellent for geoscientists who graduate with a master’s degree. Most new jobs will be in management, scientific, and geotechnical consulting services. Many government agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Conservation, and regional planning offices hire geoscientists.

The department of Geological Sciences from San Diego State University offers two undergraduate degree options:

  • The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students who intend to become professional geologists and/or those who plan to attend graduate school in geosciences. The program    includes courses normally expected of graduate school applicants and prepares students for the examination for professional geologic registration licensing.
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who seek a degree in the geological sciences as a foundation for careers in a variety of areas. This option leverages the strongly interdisciplinary socially relevant aspects of the science. The B.A. program includes a broad spectrum of courses, and focuses both on information about the earth and on how society makes decisions that affect the earth system. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Arts and Sciences meets the requirements of the California Community College Associate in Science (AS-T) in Geology for Transfer degree students completing the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Geology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Marine Geology
  • Paleontology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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120 alternative credits


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General requirements

If you are graduating from a high school outside of the United States, your application will be reviewed on the following admission criteria:

  • Completion of high school/secondary level. A certified copy of graduation certificate or diploma will be required prior to enrollment at SDSU. 
  • A minimum U.S. equivalent GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B grade or 80 percent) or higher.
  • English Proficiency: If you are attending or have attended a high school where English was not the primary language of instruction, you must meet university-level competence in English 
  • SAT/ACT Tests: If you are attending a U.S. accredited high school, you are required to submit either SAT or ACT test scores.
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      11880 USD/year
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      Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
    • National

      11880 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
    • In-State

      8136 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 8136 USD per year during 48 months.

    Living costs for San Diego

    1400 - 2455 USD /month
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