48 months
25644 USD/year
25644 USD/year
9102 USD/year
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The undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a rigorous program that is designed to both prepare students for entry into the workforce as practicing geoscientists, and to provide them with the knowledge required to pursue an advanced degree. 

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Students enrolled in the Geology program are afforded the opportunity to pursue interests in several areas of specialization, including: petrology, volcanology, structural geology, sedimentary geology, economic geology, hydrology, soil science, climate change, petroleum geology, and paleontology. A critical component of this degree program is a field-based capstone project in which students must demonstrate their ability to interpret a natural system and communicate their understanding in a professional manner.

Learning Objectives 

By the end of the Geology program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas , students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify common rock-forming minerals and major rock types in hand specimen and thin section, and describe the conditions under which each of them formed.  This will include being able to describe the chemical characteristics of various types of rocks. 
  • Identify the common types of fossils and how they are used to reconstruct the evolution of life on earth.
  • Be able to recognize the major types of geologic structures and use these to reconstruct the tectonic history of a region.
  • Describe the major processes and landforms of the earth’s surface. 
  • Describe the plate-tectonic history of the earth and the relationship between plate tectonic processes and mountain building.
  • Reconstruct the sedimentological framework and stratigraphic history of a well-exposed stratigraphic record.
  • Demonstrate sufficient quantitative and writing skills, and proficiencies in computers and multi-media systems for application in the analysis and presentation of geologic concepts.
  • Apply the techniques of at least two specializations within the field of geology to the solution of appropriate research or applied problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function independently, collaboratively, and ethically with others in the profession as colleagues and supervisors through project-based course work, participation in wider department functions.
  • Complete a culminating experience in which students construct a geologic map on a topographic base and cross section, interpret the geologic history, and write a professional quality report on the geology of the area.  Through the field geology course, students will also demonstrate the ability to recognize, formulate, employ, and interpret the scientific methodology, and employ critical thinking skills. 
  • Recognize the role of humans in Earth Systems, and our dependency and influence on the Earth Systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth and Life Through Time
  • Mineralogy
  • Principles of Geomorphology 
  • Structural Geology 
  • Field Geology
  • Advanced Field Geology 
  • Igneous & Metamorphic Petrography  
  • Principles of Stratig. & Sedimen.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


119 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

High School Transcript – 

  • Submit your high school transcript (includes all high school coursework and grades).
  • A certified translation is required for any transcript not written in English.
College/University Transcript(s)-
  • Submit your official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities where college-level credits were earned (either while in high school or after graduating high school).
  • A certified evaluation (course-by-course with GPA calculation) by a NACES member organization is required for all non-US college-level coursework.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25644 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25644 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    25644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25644 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9102 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Las Vegas

880 - 1430 USD /month
Living costs

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


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