Geology - Chemistry

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the dual geology-chemistry major prepares students to use a combination of geology and chemistry to study the Earth, solve problems related to our environment, and find mineral and energy resources.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

We provide a broad and rigorous curriculum, including field, laboratory, classroom, and research experiences to best prepare our majors for a broad range of geoscience-related career opportunities. Minors in geology and earth science are also offered. Visit for details.


The program consists of coursework in the geosciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Subjects include:

  • Earth history
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic information systems
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Plate tectonics
  • Quantitative analysis

Career Options

A B.S. in geology-chemistry is useful in pursuing graduate school or obtaining an entry level job in:

  • Engineering geology and natural hazards
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Environmental remediation and water resources
  • Federal, state, and local agencies
  • Mineral and energy resource exploration
  • Science writing and museum work

Why Study Geology - Chemistry at Grand Valley?

  • Knowledgeable, accomplished faculty, excellent learning community, and invaluable learning experiences.
  • Students take part in field studies and research where they use their geological knowledge in real world situations.
  • Individually mentored research opportunities are available to our undergraduate students.
  • Our students frequently attend and/or present their work at national, regional, or state professional meetings.
  • The Geology Club organizes events such as on-campus speakers, field experiences, and attendance at conferences.

For More Information

Department of Geology
Admissions Office

Grand Valley is very student-oriented in everything from lectures to labs to advising, so I get to know almost every student I have. I feel like I make a connection to students.

Patricia Videtich, Ph.D.
Professor of geology

We are interested in developing you as an individual, both as a scientist and as a productive and informed citizen. We mentor and continue to care about you and your career after you leave Grand Valley.

Patrick M. Colgan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology

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