Geological & Earth SciencesPrint
Topics of Study
In this program, you will study evolution, composition, and forces acting upon and within the earth. You will take courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. You will learn about solids, liquids, and gases which make up the earth. You will learn about historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology; the chemistry of rocks and soils, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, and geostatistics; volcanology, glaciology, and geophysical principles; and applications to research and industrial problems.
- A bachelor's degree is usually required to work in entry-level occupations in research organizations, business, and for the government.
- An advanced degree prepares individuals to work in applied research and in some management positions.
- A doctoral degree is usually required for work in higher education, independent research, and administrative positions.
- Geology and earth science graduates work in many fields. The largest employers of geologists are the petroleum and mining industries. Geologists can also be found in environmental companies, engineering firms, governmental agencies, research institutes, private consulting firms, business, and education.