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Geology, B.S. or Geosciences, B.A. with Teacher Licensure

Alumni work as:

Geologists teach at the high school, community college and university levels to train future professionals in geological subdisciplines and educate the public about the role of geology in our lives.

Geologists combine scientific knowledge, familiarity with regulatory requirements and technical expertise to conduct environmental assessments, identify and minimize risks resulting in legal action or fines, ensure compliance with current law and preserve health and safety.

Geologists provide data to, and work with, engineers to evaluate the Earth materials using the principles of soil and rock mechanics for the solutions to engineering problems. Scientists rely on knowledge of geology, hydrology, geophysics and other related sciences.

Geologists work for State Geological Surveys, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management conducting research, creating geologic maps and interfacing with the public.

Geologists collect groundwater information such as water level, water quality and contamination data and develop groundwater models to trace groundwater contamination and determine sustainable water extraction amounts.

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Learn To

Understand and be able to apply the scientific method to geologic problems

Critically read, logically evaluate and effectively communicate geological data, problems and issues

Identify and describe common rocks and minerals and processes that form and later basic Earth materials

Analyze and interpret geological data in both laboratory and field settings

Geology B.S. Program Overview