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Geology is a discipline centered on interpreting the history of the Earth; discovering, recognizing and using natural resources to improve the quality of human life, and occupying the planet in a safer manner through awareness of events that continue to shape its surface. Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate school and careers in industry, and federal and state agencies.  We offer suggested courses for select sub-disciplines in Geology to better serve our students’ interests. Courses to expect for this major include Structural Geology, Geomorphology, Evolution of Earth, and Plate Tectonics.

Career Options

Through studying the history of the Earth, students discover, recognize and use natural resources to improve the quality of life, making Geology majors are ideal candidates in the workforce. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields.

  • Graduate School
  • Petroleum and Energy Industry
  • Academia and Governmental Agencies
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Sedimentologist
  • Seismologist
  • Stratigraphic

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist students in an eight semester plan guiding them to graduate within four years. Students may use this as a guide as they plan their undergraduate education, but should adjust it to fit their personal goals.

BS - Geology
Option - BS - Geology - Secondary Teaching - Earth and Space
Option - BS - Geology - Secondary Teaching - Physical Science


The minor in Geography provides students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest from an international and geographic perspective, and is an excellent complement to a variety of degree programs such as Political Science, Sociology, Natural Resource and Environmental Management, International Business, Global Studies, History, Economics, and Geology, among others. The minor is designed to be completed in conjunction with general education degree requirements. 

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts & Sciences, and respective Departments.

When students complete the OSU admission application, they are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Boone Pickens School of Geology offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

Become an OK-LSAMP Scholar! OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The OK-LSAMP scholarship program provides scholars with increased opportunities and connections, including undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, international experiences, and internships/externships with companies in the STEM fields. 

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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078


114 Life Sciences East
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078