• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University Geology students enjoy field experiences that few U.S. universities can provide. Here at the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains they learn about subjects such as flooding, landslides and plate tectonics. The interdisciplinary curriculum is taught by an expert faculty and involves hands-on projects that take place in the classroom, the lab and in the field.
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Key facts:

  • At Western Carolina University, geology is an interdisciplinary field-based science. The Bachelor of Science in Geology core courses and concentrations give students a solid foundation in the geosciences. Core courses include Methods in Geology, Soils and Hydrology, and Structural Geology. The degree offers three career-focused concentrations: environmental hydrology, solid earth and interdisciplinary. The interdisciplinary concentration is ideal for students who wish to double major and enjoy flexibility in their course load. All students complete a capstone course such as a research project, senior thesis or senior research seminar. Many students choose to get involved with the WCU Geology Club, a student-run organization that puts on geology and outdoor-related events such as river cleanups and research and recreational trips.
  • WCU Geology graduates either go directly into the workforce or continue their education in graduate school. Their interdisciplinary perspective prepares them for a variety of career occupations, including educator, geologist, researcher and planner. Places of employment can include state agencies and federal government, schools and universities, the mining and petroleum industries, environmental consulting firms, and environmental policy groups. Graduates who continue their education often study fields as diverse as planetary geology and marine sciences. The job outlook for geologists is positive and reflects increasing career opportunities in environmental geology and hydrogeology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Geology curriculum include:

  • Methods in Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Rock Forming Minerals 
  • Soils and Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Petrology
  • Structural Geology
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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