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Geological Sciences, Geology Concentration, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
Geological Sciences, Geology Concentration at Salem State University is a learning community of faculty, students, and staff engaged in the teaching and application of knowledge in every major area of the geological sciences. 
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The Department of Geological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences. Students can choose from innovative concentrations that are built around a core sequence of courses in the department which give all students in the program a solid foundation in Geology. All majors are required to participate in our field geology courses in New England and the Western United States. The self-sponsored field course program is one of the unique strengths of our department.  Along with our field program, each student is required to conduct an independent and original research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The senior scientific research program serves as our department capstone experience and better prepares the students for their professional life in the sciences.

The concentrations in the B.S. in Geological Sciences, Geology Concentration are designed to help students develop skills for careers in the Geological Sciences. Examples of the career opportunities include environmental science and sustainability, public policy, hydrogeology, coastal zone management, watershed management, geologic mapping, mineral exploration, site assessment, oceanography, geophysics, tectonics, teaching in grades K-12, or to prepare students for law school or graduate work in Geology.

Faculty of the Geological Sciences Department are active scientific researchers. The faculty actively publishes results from funded research activities that span North America from New England to the Rocky Mountains as well as Antarctica and Iceland. Students of all stages of degree completion have an opportunity to directly participate alongside the faculty as research collaborators.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

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 include:

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Evolving Earth
  • Geomorphology
  • Mineralogy
  • Geochemistry
  • Petrology
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Beaches and Coasts
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Applied Environmental Geophysics

For more information please visit the program website.

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.

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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

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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