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Geology, B.S.

Understand the Planet and Its Many Incredible Natural Systems
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Geology B.S., Program Overview
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Discover the history of the world

Gain a foundation to pursue further studies.

I benefited from the small class sizes and lots of one-on-one time with instructors.
Emma Fishel Class of 2022
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Learn To

Understand and be able to apply the scientific method to geologic problems and critically read, logically evaluate, and effectively communicate geological data, problems, and issues

Identify and describe common rocks and minerals, processes that form Earth Materials and key events in the evolution of the Earth

Analyze and interpret geological data in both laboratory and field settings

Apply practical methods and techniques

Integrate knowledge of mathematics and other natural sciences to evaluate arguments and solve problems

Alumni Work In:

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.

Geophysicists study the physical aspects of Earth and other planets. They work with city and regional planners, as well as architects in earthquake-prone areas. Almost half of the geophysicists in the country are employed by private companies in the mining, oil, and natural gas industries. The rest work for federal or state government agencies or teach in colleges and universities.

Geologists conduct projects related to the discovery of oil and identifying possible oil deposits, gas caps, or other targets of further exploration. Petroleum/natural gas geologists evaluate the structural and sedimentary aspects of the stratum/strata to identify the possible presence of recoverable petroleum. Geologists also provide data and support to engineers toward extracting fossil fuel resource.

Geologists provide data and support to engineers in exploring, developing, and extracting mineral resources. They combine economic geology and mining engineering principles to develop defined deposits of base and precious metals, and rare Earth elements.

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.