Geological Sciences

The geological sciences concentration is designed for students interested in developing a basic understanding of earth science and analyzing issues through a scientific viewpoint. A minimum of 21 hours of geological science courses is required including two upper-division electives chosen after consultation with an academic advisor.


  • MAT 270 OR MAT 290 (With a “D” or better); CHM 113
  • Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Upper division electives must be chosen in consultation with an advisor in the Department of Geological Sciences. GLG 300 or GLG 400 will not qualify as upper division elective requirements.
  • * Both GLG 101 and 103 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
  • ** Both GLG 102 and 104 must be taken to secure SG credit.

Core 15 Hours Required
All core courses listed are required.

GLG 101 & 103 Introduction to Geology I & Lab (Physical)*, SQ G (4)

GLG 102 & 104 Introduction to Geology II & Lab (Historical)**, SG, H (4)

GLG 310 Structural Geology (3) (Prerequisites: GLG 101 or SES 101 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only GLG 305 or 310)

GLG 321 Mineralogy (3) (Prerequisite(s): CHM 113 (or both CHM 111 and 117 or 114) with C or better; MAT 170, 210, 265 or 270 with C or better)

GLG 400 Geology Colloquium (1)

Upper Division Electives 6 hours
Select in consultation with a Geological Sciences advisor.

Any GLG 300 level course EXCEPT GLG 300

Any GLG 400 level course EXCEPT GLG 400


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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