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Department of Geosciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Undergraduate Programs in Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geosciences with an emphasis in either Geology or Geography. You can complete the Geography (including GIS) emphasis entirely online via the FHSU Virtual College.

For more details regarding course requirements, download a PDF of our undergraduate curriculum. Students completing our B.S. online (with a focus on Geography) can simultaneously complete three separate certificates in addition to a B.S. degree.

Geology is largely a field-oriented science that examines the Earth's history, processes and materials, and how these areas of examination impact our lives.

Geography is the study of where things are, and why things are where they are. Physical Geography is about patterns in the natural world, including the atmosphere, oceans, and solid land. Human Geography is about patterns of human cultural, political, and economic activity.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer tool for manipulating and displaying spatial data (information about places and what can be found at those places). GIS can be used for making maps, but it can do much more, including asking questions about relationships between places and how places have changed.

Program Requirements
For either a Geology- or Geography-focused B.S. in Geosciences, you'll need to complete Geoscience courses, General/Liberal Education courses, and elective courses (courses that may be inside or outside of Geosciences).

Wondering what course listings in your area of interest might look like?
Below, you will find curriculum guides for popular student interests. These guidelines are only suggestions. Once you select an area of emphasis, you will have some freedom to work with your adviser to tailor your curriculum to fit your interests.

GEOGRAPHY suggested curriculum list
Human or Physical Geography
ONLINE Geography
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GEOLOGY suggested curriculum list
Traditional Geology
Environmental Geology

Petroleum Geology


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