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College of Arts and Sciences

Geological Sciences

The study of geological sciences offers a comprehensive education of all elements of earth sciences. Geological sciences degrees are offered by the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and rely on laboratory experience and field-based activities to enhance the vibrant and friendly academic environment. Students focus on the study of the Earth's dynamics and history, as well as its composition and the chemical, physical and biological changes that it undergoes. The school offers a broad range of specialties within geosciences such as sedimentology, stratigraphy and basin evolution; tectonics and structural geology; environmental geology and hydrogeology; igneous and metamorphic petrology; geophysics and seismology; oceanography, coastal and estuarine processes; paleoecology and paleontology; and paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

Students with a degree in geological sciences are pursuing careers in environmental consulting, energy industries, and government agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources. Career opportunities in the field of geology have never been better because of growing national and international attention to energy, climate change, and the environment. 

Undergraduate: B.S.

This major can be completed within four years. The department has a large and diverse faculty with broad scientific expertise, giving students the opportunity to on in topics such as earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, climate change, or the coastal oceans. Students can fulfill a pre-med, pre-health, or pre-law requirements and get a degree that can also offer employment choices down the road.

Graduate: M.S. and Ph.D.

The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences. Active research in the School covers a wide variety of disciplines under the direction of an extraordinary faculty. Financial support is available to a number of students each year in the form of instructional (IA) and research (RA) assistantships, the Stephen F. Taber Fellowship, as well as external and university-wide fellowships.


Director of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Envrironment
Carol Boggs

Undergraduate Director
Gwendelyn Geidel

Graduate Director
Joseph Quattro

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