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BS in Geology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is a four-year that focuses on the study of the Earth. It tackles its origin, composition, characteristics, and processes. Geology majors also study the Earth’s natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions. Students are able to come up with solutions on how people should conserve and reduce harmful practices on Earth.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Geology are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Research in Marine Paleontology
  • Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
  • Geology Concentration
  • Advanced Petrography
  • Geologic Mapping
  • Geomorphology
  • Mineralogy
  • Geophysics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Geology are expected to be able to:

  • Come up with conservation habits to reduce waste from pollution
  • Visualize geologic structures in multi-dimensions
  • Communicate geologic ideas to the public and other geologists
  • Give solutions on constructing infrastructures that can endure natural disasters
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics for geologists

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in government agencies and private consultancy firms for the mining and petroleum industries. 

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

Graduates of BS in Geology should pass the Geologist Licensure Examination in order for them to become a Licensed Geologist. This will also enable them to become professionals in the industry.

To become a Licensed Geologist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Geology needs to pass the  Geologist Licensure Examination The examination is conducted by the Board of Geology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Geology may pursue a career path in government agencies and private consultancy firms for the mining and petroleum industries. They may apply as an environmental consultant, mathematical geologist, exploration geologist, university professor, structural geologist, mine site geologist, or a district geologist.

Reviews of BS in Geology graduates:

J. L.
◈ Studied BS in Geology
◈ At University of Southeastern Philippines
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Geology: I chose BS in Geology because it is my dream to study volcanoes and to see actual flowing lavas. It is also recommended by my High School teachers as I have graduated in a science program during my secondary education.

list bulletAbout my college education: The scope of Geology is very broad. You should read and read many books and references in order to pass the exams. Patience and perseverance is the key to graduate in this course.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working in a government institution in Metro Manila right now as a Science Research Specialist. We are currently working under a special project under DOST.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: It depends mainly on how you will cope with your lessons. I guess you should just try this course because this profession is cool.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: You should take first a board exam in geology before you can land a stable job in this profession. I was employed 3 or 4 months after passing the licensure exam.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Geology: In terms of employment, the mining industry is down as of the moment but this profession is not just focused in the field of mining. You just have to explore and you will find an interesting work right after you graduate and pass the board exam. Don't expect a high salary rate in your first job. Experience is the key for you to succeed not just in this profession but in any profession.
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