Southern New Hampshire University

BS Geosciences

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Geosciences is designed for students who are seeking to prepare for careers in areas of geology, geological research, or environmental data analysis. Read on to get more information about the BS in Geosciences program at SNHU.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this program should have a strong interest in the environment and Earth as well as be comfortable in learning basic chemistry and physics concepts. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the SNHU's online Bachelor of Science in Geosciences program can take courses in general geology principles, earth systems, geohazards, geoscience research and reasoning methods, and geostatistics. Several of the courses have corresponding online lab components that allow students to apply their knowledge though hands-on studies in such areas as rocks and minerals. The program also offers courses in atmospheric science, geoscience ethics, chemistry, and physics. In the program's capstone course, students can apply theories and concepts they have studied to the development of an extensive geosciences project. This program also offers two areas of concentration: geospatial technology or natural resources and conservation.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences:

Required Courses (39 credits)

  • PHY 103: Earth System Science
  • PHY 205: Principles of Geology
  • PHY 205L: Principles of Geology Lab
  • PHY 101: Principles of Physics
  • PHY 101L: Principles of Physics Lab
  • CHM 101: Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CHM 101L: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
  • SCI 310: Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • SCI 225: Spatial Awareness
  • SCI 320: Geosciences Methodologies
  • SCI 350: Leadership and Ethics in the Geosciences
  • GEO 330: Geohazards
  • SCI 425: Geoscientific Research Methods
  • SCI 489: Geosciences Capstone
  • SCI 207: Atmospheric Science

Natural Resources and Conservation Concentration Courses

  • ENV 305: Global Climate Change
  • SCI 219: Environmental Issues
  • SCI 220: Energy and Society
  • SCI 333: Waste: Sources, Reduction, & Remediation

Geospatial Technologies Concentration Courses

  • IT 242: Intro to Geographic Information Systems
  • IT 338: Geospatial Programming
  • GEO 345: Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
  • GEO 450: Spatial Analysis

Geosciences Electives (12 credits)

  • Select 12 credits from the following:
    • GEO 345: Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis
    • GEO 450 - Spatial Analysis
    • IT 242 - Intro to Geographic Information Systems
    • IT 338 - Geospatial Programming
    • PAD 330 - Public Administration
    • PAD 331 - Public Administrative Ethics and Theory
    • PAD 332 - Municipal Government Operations
    • PAD 340 - Public Fiscal Management
    • PAD 341 - Disaster Recovery and Response
    • PHE 101 - Fundamentals of Public Health
    • SOC 318 - Sustainable Communities
    • Or any courses from BIO, CHM, ENV, GEO, PHY, or SCI

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 25 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

(Note: Students must take MAT 240, GEO 200, and SCI 218 as General Education requirements.)


  • 24 credits of free electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's BS in Geosciences program might choose to continue their studies in an advanced degree program for career advancement purposes. These students could pursue a Master of Science in Geosciences or Applied Geosciences.

Other master's degrees students can pursue include but is not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Geology
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Science in Geography and Geoinformation Science

Career Paths:

After completing their studies in SNHU's BS in Geosciences program, graduates could pursue employment opportunities in such diverse settings as utilities companies, research labs, mining companies, government agencies, engineering firms, or the oil industry.

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