Geological Sciences (BS, BA)

Program Overview

At Binghamton University the geological sciences span the sciences to understand and solve some of the most important problems on earth. How will we provide for our future energy needs? What are the causes and effects of global warming? How do we clean up past and present instances of environmental pollution? What causes natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods, and how can we survive them? How can organisms survive under extreme conditions? Is there life on other planets?

The Department of Geological Sciences offers both BS and BA degrees in geology, a number of minors and combined, five-year programs leading to the MAT degree in earth science education.

The BS is designed to satisfy the entrance requirements and expectations of the top graduate schools in the country. The BS is also the appropriate choice for a student seeking immediate employment as a geologist.

The BA in geological sciences is designed to be more flexible. It provides a good liberal arts education in the physical sciences. It is often combined with other interests, such as science journalism or political science.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Geological Sciences
  • BA in Geological Sciences

Internships, research opportunities and more

The very best indication that a student is prepared for graduate school or the profession of geology is the successful completion of a research project. Undergraduate research is not required, but it is certainly recommended. Successful completion of such a project may qualify the student for departmental honors upon graduation.

Current areas of research include:

  • field and experimental petrology (the chemistry and physics of minerals and rocks)
  • seismology of convergence zones
  • basin-scale sedimentology and mountain building
  • geomicrobiology of extremophiles
  • watershed scale soil and water pollutions studies
  • paleoclimatology and oceanography
  • microbes in salt crystals


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Most students graduating with a BS or BA in geological sciences go on for graduate degrees in a number of areas of the earth sciences:

  • Oil and gas industry
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Government regulatory or planning agencies
  • Teaching, primarily secondary earth science

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years: