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B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology is a 3-year graduate course, eligibility to which is a 10 + 2 or equivalent examination in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in any board throughout the country. The student should have also secured a minimum of 50% in the 10+2 examinations to be eligibile for the course. 

Some of the main institutes that offer B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology are:

  • Banaras Hindu University - Varanasi
  • Panjab University - Chandigarh
  • Presidency University – Kolkata
  • Sri Krishnadevaraya University - Ananthapur

The fee for the course varies between INR 5000 and 1.5 Lacs in India.

The course is a basic course in the field of Geology. Some of the specializations that the course offers are economic geology, Hydrogeology, geomorphology, Geological Engineering, Mineralogy, Petrology, Planetology, Remote Sensing, Sedimentology and Structural Geology. The course is a mandate for delving further into the study of the said topics and also for pursuing M.Sc. in Geology.       

Graduates of B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology have a wide range of job opportunities like  Government organizations, Waterboards, Coal Organizations, government Agencies, research Organizations, Surveys, Laboratories, Meteorological departments, Educational Organizations etc. The opportunities are not limited to the said fields. Once completed, the graduate may pursue further studies or may take up said job opportunities associated. The average salary for a fresher ranges between INR 4 – 5 LPA and increases with experience and knowledge.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] {Hons.} (Geology)

  • B.Sc in Delhi-NCR
  • B.Sc in Maharashtra
  • B.Sc in Chennai
  • B.Sc in Uttar Pradesh
  • B.Sc in Telangana

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Course Highlights

Course LevelGraduate
Duration of the Course3 years
Examination TypeSemester
Eligibility(10 + 2) or equivalent examination in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in any board throughout the country. The student should have also secured a minimum of 50% marks in the same
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based for some and Merit-Based for others
Course FeeBetween INR 5000 and 1.5 Lacs
Starting SalaryINR 4 to 5 LPA
Top Recruiting CompaniesGovernment organizations, Waterboards, Coal Organizations, government Agencies, research Organizations, Surveys, Laboratories, Meteorological departments, Educational Organizations etc.
Job PositionsAssociate or Assistant Professor, Development geologist, Tunnel design manager, geological advisor, meteorologist, oceanographer, Seismologist, site geologist, research associate or scientist etc.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: What is it about?

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geologyis a holistic science drawing on a mixture of the physical and biological sciences. B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology blends observation, theory, fieldwork, laboratory studies and the integration of the basic sciences into an excellent qualification for many careers related to or outside the earth sciences.

The candidates who want to pursue the course should have a good ability to produce, analyze and identify patterns to summarize data and to be able to apply the same to complex multidimensional real-world world problems in day to day lives.

A graduate in Geology Honors is eligible for admission to courses like M.Sc. / M.Tech. / M.Sc. Tech. in Geology / Applied Geology / Remote sensing / Geo-informatics / Environmental Science / Petroleum Geology / Mining Engineering, at various universities of India and abroad. 

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Top Colleges

Name of the InstituteLocationTotal Fees(INR)
Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasi5,946
Panjab UniversityChandigarh-
Presidency UniversityKolkata13,175
Sri Krishnadevaraya UniversityAnanthapur16,200
Ram Lal Anand CollegeMoti Bagh, delhi83,820
Gossner CollegeRanchi48,860
Maharaja Sayajirao university of BarodaBaroda16,500
Jogmaya Devi collegeKolkata19,440
Hans raj collegeDelhi70,250
St. Xavier’s College RanchiRanchi1,75,500
Ashutosh college (AC)Kolkata5,400

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Eligibility

Basic Eligibility is 10 + 2 or equivalent examination in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in any board throughout the country. The student should have also secured a minimum of 50% in the 10+2 examinations as an eligibility criterion. Admission to the institute will be based on the total marks in the 10+2 examination.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Admission Process

The Admission is given by merit by some of the institutions. Reputed Institutions also conduct their own aptitude test for entrance.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Syllabus and Course Description

The three years of study is divided into six semesters and each semester has compulsory courses. The subjects of study as prescribed by various universities are as follows:

SEMESTER – ISEMESTER - II
Elementary Physical and Structural GeologyElements of Mineralogy and Crystallography
Practical connected with GLB101(inclusive of Geological Field Training)Practical connected with GLB201 (inclusive of Geological Field Training)
SEMESTER – IIISEMESTER – IV
Petrology and Economic GeologyPaleontology and Stratigraphy
Practical connected with GLB301(inclusive of Geological Field Training)Practical connected with GLB401(inclusive of Geological Field Training)
SEMESTER - VSEMESTER – VI
Physical and Structural GeologyPaleontology
Igneous Petrology, Mineralogy and CrystallographyStratigraphy
Sedimentary and Metamorphic PetrologyHydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Exploration Geology and Computer
-Application
-Economic Geology
-Geological Field Study

B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology: Career Prospects

Career prospects of a historian and archivists are many depending on the level of expertise and inclination of practice. They are hired for profiles from cashiers to sales managers. The average salary is between INR 4 – 5 LPA. The employment areas are among Government organizations, Water boards, Coal Organizations, government Agencies, research Organizations, Surveys, Laboratories, Meteorological departments, Educational Organizations etc.

The job profiles for these positions range as Associate or Assistant Professor, Development geologist, Tunnel design manager, geological advisor, meteorologist, oceanographer, Seismologist, site geologist, research associate or scientist etc.

The compensation and salaries for these individual jobs are very area specific and also organization or sector specific depending on the expertise and level of operation.

Advance courses in Geology after B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology:

  • M.Sc. In Geology        
  • Ph.D. In Geology
Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage annual salary
MeteorologistMeteorologist predict the weather and study the causes of particular weather conditions using information obtained from the land, sea and upper atmosphere. You'll need to use computerized and mathematical models to make short and long-range forecasts concerning weather and climate patterns.2 – 3 LPA
SeismologistSeismology is the study of earthquakes, their formation and the factors causing tremors and seismic movements. Geophysicists and field seismologists have similar objectives.4 – 5 LPA
GeologistStudy composition, structure, and history of the earth's crust; examine rocks, minerals, and fossil remains to identify and determine the sequence of processes affecting the development of the earth; apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to explain these phenomena and to help locate minerals.4 – 5 LPA
Professor in geologyTeaches courses in the discipline area of geology and earth sciences. Develops and designs curriculum plans to foster student learning, stimulate class discussions, and ensures student engagement. Provides tutoring and academic counseling to students, maintains classes related records, and assesses student coursework. Collaborates and supports colleagues regarding research interests and co-curricular activities. Typically reports to a department head. Requires a PhD or terminal degree appropriate to the field.5 - 6 LPA
OceanographerOceanographer's job duties vary based on the particular specialization of the oceanographer. A biological oceanographer examines plants, microbes and animals. Physical oceanographers study attributes of the ocean like temperature, waves, currents and tides. Chemical oceanographers look at the chemical properties of the ocean along with its interaction with the rest of the environment. Finally, geological oceanographers research the ocean floor itself.4 – 5 LPA
GeoscientistsGeoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.5 - 6 LPA
Tunnel design managerAs a Tunnel design manager you will be responsible for planning, designing and managing tunnel building projects and performing proper research about whether or not a tunnel is viable or the land and the ground thereby can take it.7- 8 LPA

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