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Geology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) Williamsburg, VA, United States
The College of William & Mary Geology department is among the elite undergraduate programs in the country.  The department graduates between 20 and 40 majors per year (a large number for undergraduate programs) and our graduates go on to careers in the earth and environmental sciences as well as law, education, and medicine.  
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The problem solving and analytical thinking required in Geology can be utilized in many other disciplines.  The Geology department at the College of William & Mary is training the next generation of earth and environmental scientists, but also helping to educate and critically inform students with a wide range of interests.

We attract a talented group of students to the program because our courses are stimulating, challenging, and, dare we say, fun.  All Geology majors pursue an original senior research project; their research is significant and many present their research at professional meetings. Our weekly Brown Bag seminars are distinctive because undergraduates discuss their research endeavors and internship experiences with their peers and the faculty.  The Geology department forms a vibrant community with a level of camaraderie amongst the students that is rare in big departments.  Take a class and see for yourself.


  • Research is an integral part of Geology at William & Mary.  The faculty is actively engaged in generating new knowledge and publishes their results in journals such as Nature, Geology, American Journal of Science, Geomorphology, Paleobiology, Journal of Geoscience Education, and Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology.  
  • Our research is wide ranging: from questions that concern evolution and extinction to the fate of lead in the environment to the nature of faulting deep in the Earth’s crust.  This research is funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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: 
  • Key Concepts in the Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • The Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology
  • Earth's Environmental Systems: Physical Geography
  • Investigating the Earth: Introductory Geology Laboratory
  • Geologic Evolution of Virginia
  • Age of Dinosaurs

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.

General Requirements

  • A submitted application through The Common Application or The Coalition Application
  • The Secondary School Report form complete with a high school transcript and counselor letter of recommendation
  • The Midyear School Report form, should be submitted to the admission office with an updated transcript as soon as first semester grades are available.
  • $75 application fee payment, or a fee waiver request

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    17434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17434 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Williamsburg

  • 1306 - 2140 USD/month
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