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
Research opportunities for geology majors can be found within and outside of the department. Students are required to take GEOL 500 Field Geology, 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.
Observing the Earth
Rocks and Minerals
Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Basins
Igneous and Metamorphic Processes
Earth Systems through Time
Processes of Global Environmental Change
Environmental Field 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
Oil, Mining and Gas Corporations
Research Institutes for Seismology
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.