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  • McKnight's Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation by Hess and Tasa
  • Understanding Earth by Grotzinger and Jordan
  • Geology: A Very Short Introduction by Zalasiewicz


  • Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology by Tarbuck and Lutgens
  • The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics by Fowler
  • Planetary Surface Processes by Melosh
  • Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey by Wallace and Hobbs
  • Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text by Marshall and Plumb
  • Geodynamics by Turcotte and Schubert
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate Change by Seinfeld and Pandis (Prerequisites: thermodynamics, transport phenomena/[fluid mechanics and/or heat and mass transfer], and differential equations)
  • Fundamentals of Geophysics by Lowrie
  • Introduction to Mineralogy by Nesse
  • Interpretation of Geological Maps by Butler and Bell
  • A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences by Oxford University Press
  • Volcanos by Francis and Clive Oppenheimer


  • The Dynamics of Partially Molten Rock by Katz
  • Structural Geology by Fossen
  • An Introduction to Optical Dating by Aitken
  • Applied Stochastic Hydrogeology by Rubin
  • Crystallographic Instrumentation by Aslanov
  • Fluvial Hydraulics by Dingman
  • Geochemistry by White
  • Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology by Winter
  • Principles of Isotope Geology by Faure
  • Geomagnetism, 2 Volume Set by Chapman
  • An Introduction to the Rock-forming Minerals by Deer
  • Metamorphic phase equilibria and pressure-temperature-time paths by Spear
  • Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks by Folk
  • Folding and fracturing of rocks by Ramsay
  • Quantitative seismology by Aki
  • The mechanics of earthquakes and faulting by Scholz


Geoscience is interdisciplinary and utilizes knowledge from other fields regularly.

A typical Geology undergraduate program will require students to take:


  • Calculus 1-2
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Vector Geometry
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Statistics


  • College/University Physics 1-2


  • General Chemistry 1-2

See the wiki for recommended textbooks on these subjects


Geology and its relation to other sciences