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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

Qualifications

  • 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. P.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Science in Geology
◈ At University of Southeastern Philippines
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Geology: I wanted to take architecture but I chose geology because it was the only course available for enrollment when I applied for scholarship in USEP.

list bulletAbout my college education: The Geology class does not have practical field studies. It was more about reading books, and listening to lectures. The teachers did not explain the hard topics of the subjects or probably because the approach was new to me. I had to do my best to understand the subjects. It was hard studying, not because of the subjects but because it was really uncomfortable. Also the exams were very difficult because teachers wanted us to challenge our minds and think out of the box.

list bulletMy current job: I am now working in a small mining company in Compostela Valley. I do the examination and the determination of the types of rocks and if there is gold content in the samples. I work in the mining area.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A year after graduation, I found work in this present company as one of the researchers.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Geology: This is a good course with much potential for high income. I have already seen people who have become geologists and are doing great in their career whether here or abroad because it is very in demand.

I recommend this course to those who like to be employed in the mining company or or in the environment sector. The income would be good, that’s what my friend in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told me. And indeed, if you get to the right company, you'll definitely reap the fruits of your labor.
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