48 months
29706 USD/year
29706 USD/year
10806 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As a Geology major from Portland State University, you'll explore and understand the Earth's physical and environmental processes and learn how events and processes of the past can influence the present and future.

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The Geology major from Portland State University builds on a foundation of physics, chemistry, and math to help you better understand earth systems and processes.

Learn from and work alongside our faculty who are leading researchers in the field of geology. Their areas of expertise include volcanology, geochemistry, structural geology, urban systems, glaciology, hydrogeology, meteorites, and planetary science, and active tectonics.

They bring their research back to your classes, providing you with breadth and depth of knowledge in geology as a discipline.

Work with community partners on projects. Our partners include the City of Portland, the state departments of Water Resources and Environmental Quality, environmental consulting firms, K-12 institutions across Oregon, the U.S. Geological Survey's Oregon Water Science Center housed on our campus, and the Cascade Volcano Observatory across the river in Vancouver, Washington.

Our research facilities include surveying equipment, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, a teaching laboratory with sensors and data loggers, and a web-based data clearinghouse with regional geoscience data.


Demand for geoscientists is high and expected to increase over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. PSU's bachelor's degree in geology prepares you to fill that need.

Our graduates find jobs with government agencies at the federal, state, county, or city level; independent consulting firms working with engineers, architects, and planners; and in the construction, mining, and petroleum industries.

PSU's program also gives you a strong foundation if you're interested in pursuing graduate studies or careers in teaching, science writing and editing, and environmental law.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Based Geology Laboratory
  • Numerical Modeling of Earth Systems
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Field Methods in Geosciences
  • Geologic Mapping
  • Engineering Geology
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29706 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29706 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10806 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10806 USD per year during 48 months.

Washington Border Discount (WBD) $11,706 

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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