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BA/BS Geology

Geologists are employed in environmental industries, oil and gas exploration, metallic and nonmetallic mining, engineering, federal and state geological surveys, and university teaching. Concern for the quality of the environment provides career opportunities for geologists in the areas of water supply, waste disposal and avoidance of geologic hazards. The demand for energy and mineral resources continues to provide jobs in the coal, petroleum and mineral industries in which geologists traditionally have been employed. Careers in geology also provide those who like to travel with a chance to work in a variety of interesting and unusual locations.

Programs in the Department of Geology emphasize both laboratory and field experience. In addition to a required five-week summer field course held in New Mexico and Colorado, the department periodically offers trips to the Appalachian Mountains; the upper peninsula of Michigan; Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; and the Ohio-Indiana area.

The Department has several degree options available to students, including a BA, a BS, and a BS with a Paleobiology specialization.

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in geology are expected to:

  • Identify, describe and classify earth materials, formations and structures and interpret them in the context of geologic processes.
  • Analyze and report quantitative geologic data collected in the field and laboratory.
  • Read, write, present and critically evaluate geologic reports, professional papers and maps
  • Synthesize information from a variety of disciplines to solve geologic problems.