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Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)

The Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) program is designed for students who desire a more flexible program of study than is provided by the B.S. degree. It may be used by those seeking a more liberal education or a background in geology for use in other fields. It is also a popular choice for students wishing to pursue Geology as a second major. The A.B. degree is not intended to prepare a student for professional or graduate work in geosciences unless the student takes the additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics required for the B.S. degree. Because many of the requirements are the same for the B.S. and A.B. degree, if a students starts in the A.B. program and decides at a later time to switch to the B.S., this is generally easy to do.

GEOLOGY A.B. Degree Requirements - UGA Bulletin


A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses.

Required Courses (30-33 hours)
GEOL 3010-3010L GEOL 4060/6060-4060L/6060L
GEOL 3020-3020L GEOL 4270/6270
GEOL 4010-4010L GEOL 4500/6500-4500L/6500L
GEOL 4020-4020L  

Choose one course from the following:

GEOL 3030 GEOL(ANTH) 4340/6340
GEOL 3090 GEOL 4350/6350
GEOL 3120-3120L GEOL 4360/6360 
GEOL 3130 GEOL 4510/6510 or GEOL 4520/6520
GEOL 3350 GEOL 4530/6530-4530L/6530L 
GEOL 4050/6050 GEOL 4550/6550
GEOL 4090/6090 GEOL 4560/6560
GEOL 4110/6110 GEOL 4600/6600
GEOL 4220/6220 GEOL 4620/6620
GEOL 4300/6300 GEOL 4640/6640
GEOL 4310/6310 GEOL 4660/6660
GEOL 4320/6320  GEOL(ANTH) 4700/6700
GEOL 4330/6330
  • Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.
  • Upper division (6-9 hours)
  • Any level (18-24 hours)

(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)

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