• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #38 (ARWU) Urbana, IL, United States
The Sciences and Letters Curriculum in Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, administered by the Department of Geology, is designed for students who want a more flexible course of study than is provided by the Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics.
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Program Overview

The Geology program offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign may be used by those wishing to obtain a more liberal education and/or background in geology for use in fields such as anthropology, business, mineral economics, regional planning, journalism, law, sales, or library and information science. It is not intended to prepare a student for graduate work in the geological sciences unless the student selects additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics comparable to those required in the Specialized Geology and Geophysics Curriculum. Students must choose from the following: Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Earth Science Teaching.  The Earth Science Teaching Concentration is designed for students preparing to teach earth science at the secondary school level.

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:

  • Planet Earth
  • Geology of the National Parks
  • Physical Geology
  • Exploring Geology in the Field
  • Emergence of Life

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements


  • High school transcript
  • Test score results (ACT, SAT)
  • Application fee (Domestic $50 ; International $75)
  • To be considered for admission, you must complete a program of study that qualifies you for admission to selective universities in your own country. Freshman applicants must report their academic credentials when they apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34226 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33352 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    16210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16210 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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