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B.S. in Geology

Students Studying GeologyGeology is the scientific study of the materials and resources that make up the Earth; the internal dynamic processes that move continents, build mountains, and cause earthquakes; the surface processes that sculpt the landscape, shape river valleys, erode coastlines, and drive ocean circulation; the natural hazards posed by geologic processes; and the history of the Earth, its changing climate, and life on Earth.

Geologists work for universities, government agencies, and private firms studying energy and mineral resources, groundwater and surface water resources and threats to water resources, hazards from earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, river and coastal flooding, Earth’s climate history, and the effects of climate change.

The 129-credit Bachelor of Science in Geology is a rigorous course of study in geology and related sciences and mathematics designed to prepare students to be professionals in the geological and environmental sciences or to go on to graduate studies and scholarly research in geological and environmental sciences. Students who earn a geology degree will also have completed the science requirements for certification to teach Earth science (see the School of Education for other requirements).

Areas of Study

  • groundwater geology and environmental geochemistry
  • sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • oceanography and marine geology
  • plate tectonics
  • natural hazards