Geology is the science that deals with the Earth's physical structure and substance, its history and the processes that act on it. The Geology major focuses on a wide variety of topics that include materials of the Earth (minerals and rocks) and processes that affect them, as well as the evolution of life and its relationship to Earth materials and processes. These processes can include the formation of rocks, mountains and volcanoes, wind and water.Geologists utilize chemistry, biology and physics to investigate environmental issues, hydrocarbon accumulations, natural hazards, water quality and availability, ores and valuable minerals and natural disasters. Available courses include: 

  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Earthquakes and Natural Disaster
  • Water Management
  • Volcanology
  • Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Students studying Geology earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Geology students planning to specialize in paleontology should elect courses in biology. Those planning to specialize in mineralogy or petrology should take more chemistry courses. We encourage all students to complete an independent research study, an internship or a faculty-supervised research project. Many students with either degree also move on to work in the petroleum industry. 

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