Geology Students in the Field

Central Michigan University administers the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination to qualified candidates.  The FG exam emphasizes knowledge and skills that undergraduates typically acquire in the process of obtaining a baccalaureate degree in geology. The FG examination includes questions drawn from eight content domains:
  • General and field geology
  • Mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry
  • Sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology
  • Geomorphology, surficial processes, and Quaternary geology
  • Structure, tectonics, and seismology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering geology
  • Economic geology and energy resources

To qualify to take the FG examination at CMU, you must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited Michigan college or university with a degree in geology, engineering geology, or a related geological science; OR you must have successfully completed 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of courses in physical and historical geology, mineralogy, structural geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, field geology, hydrogeology, economic geology, geochemistry, paleontology, environmental geology, engineering geology, geomorphology, or geophysics, or their equivalent as determined by CMU.  
  • Currently enrolled students may provide unofficial transcripts or a letter signed by an active professor in their department at any Michigan college or university.  
  • Graduates must provide an official transcript documenting their undergraduate degree in geology, engineering geology, or a related geological science from a Michigan college or university.

All applicants are charged a $35.00 Exam Application Fee to cover the administration costs. Approved applicants will receive authorization and instructions on how to register for the FG examination and pay the $200.00 FG Exam Registration Fee to ASBOG.