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Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


"The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks"(H. Harold, 1940).

Geologists and geology students from all over the world come to Utah to learn from it's amazing rock record. As the only private, liberal arts college in the state, Westminster is uniquely able to combine personal, learning-centered classroom experiences with frequent field trips to some of the most spectacular geology on earth.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

In the minor, students will be introduced to the basic skills and theories common to all of geology. They will also learn about the origins and significance of various rock types and how to identify them in the field or in the lab. The minor then allows students to apply those skills in specific electives of their choice.

In the major, students will expand upon the core courses taken in the minor. The major requires students to study the processes acting both within the earth and on its surface in more detail in upper division courses. Beyond that, the major also requires students to apply what they have learned in a summer field geology course. Students majoring in geology will take a senior seminar introducing them to the reading and writing of peer-reviewed geological literature, and will be encouraged to engage in an individual research project.

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Other Geology Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Geology.


Learn More About the Geology Program

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)


You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Geology Scholarships

Up to $4,000 per year for both Fall 2017 first-year and new transfer geology students, based on a combination of merit and need.

How to Apply

  • Apply to Westminster
  • Submit a FASFA (Westminster's FAFSA School Code: 003681)
  • Enroll in at least 1 geology class during the fall of your first year
  • Declare either a geology major or minor before the end of your second year and maintain a 2.7 GPA in your major's classes.

For questions, please contact David Goldsmith, geology program chair at

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