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Education requirements: Geologists

Before you apply for your geologist license, you must:

  • Graduate from an accredited college or university with a degree in geological sciences or a related degree approved by the board.
  • and
  • Have 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of upper division geology courses, including 14 semester or 21 quarter credits (unduplicated) from the following list:
    • Earth Materials (combination of mineralogy and petrology)
    • Economic Geology
    • Engineering Geology (Geomechanics is acceptable)
    • Field Camp
    • Geomorphology
    • Geophysics
    • Geochemistry
    • Hydrogeology (Groundwater Hydrology is acceptable)
    • Mineralogy
    • Petrology
    • Sedimentology
    • Stratigraphy
    • Structural Geology
  • or
  • Have successfully completed coursework educationally equivalent to the classes listed above, as determined by the board. You must submit documentation that demonstrates your coursework is equivalent, such as course syllabi, copies of study materials, and the tables of contents of books used in the course

For candidates with transcripts from schools outside of the United States or Canada

Your transcripts must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by a board-approved evaluation service. A translation of your transcript or a general evaluation is not adequate. An official copy of the evaluation must be sent directly to the board office by the evaluation service. You may choose from the following approved evaluation services:

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