Geosciences

Studies in geosciences focus on processes that operate on the surface and in the interior of the Earth, and emphasize interactions between physical, chemical, and biologic aspects of our planet. Primary areas of study include: the nature of rocks and minerals that make up our planet; processes that concentrate mineral and petroleum resources; plate motions and their bearing on earthquakes, volcanoes, and formation of mountains and basins; evolution of the Earth's landscape; the geologic record of climate change; and the impacts of these processes on society.

Undergraduate degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Science Education with an emphasis in Earth Science (B.S.C.)

Curriculum
Following a one-semester introduction to all aspects of geology, geoscience students enroll in six separate core courses that provide significant exposure to the main topic in the field. These are accompanied by coursework in calculus, chemistry, physics, and computer science. During the junior and senior years, geoscience students take a series of courses that provide additional training in one or more aspects of Earth science and/or related fields (e.g., hydrology, planetary science, chemistry, anthropology, science education, etc.) and also attend a six-week field geology course during the first summer session. Throughout their tenure in the Department of Geosciences, students are encouraged to participate in research projects, preceptorships in geoscience courses, and/or internships in industry or government agencies.

Career Options
Excellent career opportunities are available at the bachelor's level in fields such as teaching, mineral exploration, environmental consulting, government agencies, and research laboratories. Most of our students, however, pursue either a M.S. or Ph.D. degree before embarking on a career, which provides professional opportunities with greater responsibilities and a higher salary. Many professions in geosciences offer opportunities for international work.

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Department of Geosciences