Geosciences faculty and staff work tirelessly to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in our disciplines available anywhere. We offer the following undergraduate degrees:


Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences

Concentration in Geography- This concentration examines the social, political, cultural, and economic issues facing society, blended with an understanding of human-environmental interactions, including environmental justice, community geography, sustainability, and public health.  The broad perspective, combined with a strong suite of mapping and analytical skills, including statistics, quantitative and qualitative research, and GIS (geographic information systems), make this degree very marketable for work in consulting firms, government agencies, and community /non-profit organizations.

Concentration in Urban Studies- This concentration focuses urban-human-environment interactions in the areas of environmental justice, sustainability, public health, and community geography.  The BA differs from the BS in exploring the political, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of urban issues more deeply.  Typically, as in the BA in geography, students gain a strong skill set in mapping and analytical skills, including statistics, quantitative and qualitative research, and GIS (geographic information systems).  This concentration is excellent for careers in city planning, the non-profit sector, urban consulting firms, and community development/non-profit work.



Bachelor of Science in Geosciences

Concentration in Geology- This concentration enables graduates to qualify as a Professional Geologist (PG) and/or for graduate school in geology.   Geology majors from Georgia State are successfully pursuing careers in the petroleum, natural gas, and mining industries, environmental consulting/remediation, and government agencies.  Subject matter includes hydrogeology, soils and soil contamination, paleontology, crystal and optical mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology of igneous and metamorphic rocks, and sedimentary rocks.

Concentration in Environmental Geoscience- This concentration focuses upon the physical environment, with options that range from a strong emphasis on geology to a broader focus that includes water resources, ecological systems, climate, and environmental issues.  Graduates work as scientists and consultants in the private and public sectors, in the fields of water resources, environmental consultation/remediation, planning, and natural resource conservation.

Concentration in Geography- This concentration emphasizes the study of the physical environment.  While similar to environmental geosciences in the breadth of its topics relating to the physical environment, this concentration focuses less on geology, and places greater emphasis on GIS (geographic information systems, a form of analytical and digital mapping) and other data analysis skills, such as statistics and the study of remote sensing.   Subjects include water resources, earth processes, weather and climate, ecological systems, environmental conservation, and human-environment relationships.  Graduates with this highly marketable degree are employed in federal and local governmental agencies, consulting firms, and non-profits dedicated to environmental conservation.

Concentration in Urban Studies- This concentration focuses upon the physical/environmental aspects of cities, including urban air, water, hazardous waste, sustainability, and soils.  Emphasis can range from a strongly geological approach (soil remediation, for example) to a broader environmental one with more emphasis on the water issues facing cities.  This concentration provides the social, economic, and political context to the environmental challenges facing urban areas.  Atlanta provides the perfect “living laboratory” for this concentration, with many research and field experiences available.  Graduates are prepared for technical, scientific jobs in public and private planning agencies, as well in engineering and environmental consulting firms.



Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science- If you are interested in mapping and data analysis, this certificate is highly recommended:  Geographic Information Systems is one of the top-ranked fields today in terms of job growth. Governmental agencies, consulting firms, criminal justice, environmental organizations, public health organizations, and corporations all hire GIS specialists.  With a careful selection of electives and courses in your major, you can earn the certificate at the same time you are earning your undergraduate degree.


Minor in Geosciences-

•  15+ credits, including 12+ at the upper level

•  Gain skills and experience useful to employers

•  Discover career options in geography, geology, and other fields

•  Expand your understanding of the world and people around you

•  Flexible course selections.