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Undergraduate Programs

Climate, biogeochemical cycles, and planetary tectonics are the three basic processes that shape the environment. Geoscientists face a unique challenge in seeking to understand the complexity of the Earth’s physical and biogeochemical systems. The surface environment of the Earth is controlled by interactions between the deep Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. These interactions occur on timescales ranging from picoseconds for chemical reactions on mineral surfaces to the billions of years over which plate tectonic processes and biological evolution operate. UMKC’s Department of Geosciences is at the forefront of scientific discovery in the solid earth, the environmental geosciences and oceanography/climate science. Our faculty and students address critical societal issues, such as climate change and geologic hazards, through research and education.

Undergraduate Options

At UMKC, you will receive cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities with world-renowned faculty; exposure to theory, experiment/observation and simulation; and have access to numerous connections to career opportunities.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts: Geology

The Geology program of the Department of Geosciences includes both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Among the geology faculty are world class scholars and scientists in a wide range of specialty areas in the geosciences and all are fully engaged in mentoring undergraduate students through teaching and research. Geology students receive a broad-based education that leads to a practical basis for professional careers, with excellent post-graduation career prospects.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts: Geography

Geography encompasses studies in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.  Pursuing a Geography degree at UMKC equips students to understand our world and the complex interactions of human beings with their natural surroundings.  The Geography program of the Department of Geosciences includes both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program provides students the highest quality environmental education with a special focus on urban environments and sustainability. In an era of global urbanization the program prepares students to address vital urban environmental issues through a foundation in Earth systems science and a broad multidisciplinary curriculum. The Environmental Studies Program of the Department of Geosciences includes a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Geosciences Minors

The Department of Geosciences has several minors.

A minor in Geology, Geography or Environmental Studies allows students outside of the department to obtain a strong background in the discipline. The minor is open to all UMKC students and is particularly beneficial to any student whose career aspirations require a basic understanding of the molecular sciences.

Learn more about the Geosciences Minors in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Academic Advising

As an undergraduate geosciences student at UMKC you will receive specialized academic and career advising tailored to meet your individual needs. It is important to complete a Declaration of Majors Form to officially declare the certificate in order for it to appear in students graduation audits.

Learn more about undergraduate advising for Geosciences students.