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Geological Science - B.S.

The study of the dynamics and physical history of the Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and its physical, chemical and biological changes.


We have a large and diverse faculty with broad scientific expertise, so whether you want to focus on earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, climate change or the coastal oceans, you will find someone in our department who shares your interests. If you are interested in fulfilling your pre-med, pre-health, or pre-law requirements and get a degree that can also offer you employment choices down the road, then consider earth sciences.

Unlike many other disciplines, Bachelor of Science degrees are sufficient for many entry-level positions in geology. Master of Science and doctoral degrees are typically fully supported by industry, state and federally funded research grants or teaching assistantships.

Geology Degree Concentrations

Environmental Geosciences

Research opportunities for geology majors can be found within and outside of the department. Students are required to take GEOL 500 Field Camp, focusing on geological field techniques including the use of field instruments and the preparation of geologic maps. This course is conducted out of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Computer Science

Observing the Earth
Rocks and Minerals
Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Basins
Igneous and Metamorphic Processes
Structural Geology
Earth Systems through Time
Surface Processes
Processes of Global Environmental Change
Field Geology

Petroleum Geologist
Environmental Field Technician
Mine Geologist
Research Technician
Coastal Zone Management

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
US Forest Service
National Parks Service 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Army Corps of Engineers
Non-profit organizations
Oil, Mining and Gas Corporations
Environmental Firms
Research Institutes for Seismology
Energy companies
Natural Science Museums

Minor in Geological Science

The department offers a minor to students wanting to expand their options for employment or graduate school or provide you with a more well-rounded education. Students wishing to complete a Minor in Geology must complete a total of 18 credit hours of Geology courses.


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