Get a rock-solid foundation for a career exploring the environment. You will study the inner workings of the Earth all the way to climate change and build technical skills for working in the lab or in the field.
Whether you want to study earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, climate change or the coastal oceans, a degree in geological sciences can help you reach your goals. You can also fulfill pre-med, pre-health, or pre-law requirements, or pursue graduate study in geology.
Spend a summer with hands-on learning in the field collecting and analyzing structures in a capstone course.
Join cutting-edge research using plasma-source mass spectrometers at the Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry.
Learn from our large and diverse faculty with broad scientific expertise in a variety of specializations.
Work That Matters
Gain meaningful employment within energy and mineral resources or environmental consulting related to water resources.
What You’ll Study
Learn from observing the Earth with the study of rocks and minerals, stratigraphy and sedimentary basins, igneous and metamorphic processes, structural geology, surface processes, processes of global environmental change and field geology. Enhance your skills in biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics and computer science.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field
Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Carbon Sequestration Scientist
- Mine Geologist
- Coastal Zone Management
Job Titles of Alumni
- Staff Geologist
- Field Engineer
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,276
- Environmental Science
- Private Sector
Employers of Alumni
- S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
- University of South Carolina
- Riverbanks Zoo and Garden