About the Major

Geology degrees provide a solid, interdisciplinary background in the sciences with a foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Geology allows you to understand earth systems and earth processes. Areas of study include earth material (rock, sediment, soil petroleum), water (oceans, groundwater, water quality), and the atmosphere (climate change, air quality). Geology also includes the study of interrelationships in the modern environment, such as important concerns about how our global environment and climate are changing and how these changes will affect human activities.

Studies and abilities this major develops include: gathering and recording information, analysis of samples and data, critical thinking skills, physical stamina for fieldwork, verbal and written communication skills, and teamwork.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Physical geology
  • Introductory mineralogy
  • Introduction to petrology
  • Sedimentography and stratigraphy
  • Structural geology
  • General physics I and II
  • Evolution of earth and life 

Possible Careers

  • Environmental geologist 
  • GPR analyst
  • Hydrologic technician
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Staff geologist
  • Water resource engineer

 

Where could I work?

  • American Environmental 
  • BP or Exxon
  • IN Geological Survey
  • Solar Sources, Inc.
  • Stantec
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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