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Bachelor of Science
Geology (B.S.)
Students develop a strong science, technology, and math background while gaining a deeper appreciation for the Earth and its resources.
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Students study the Earth’s structure and the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes that have operated on it throughout geologic time. They study the genesis of rocks and minerals, the basis of Earth’s mineral, water, and energy resources. Processes that cause hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions are also studied.

Geologists make a difference on the job and in their communities as they look for ways to manage Earth’s limited resources and mitigate geologic hazards. Geologists are employed by resource development industries such as petroleum and mining, by federal and state government agencies, and by water and environmental consulting firms. Students are prepared for employment as an entry-level geologic technician or for graduate studies in geology.

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Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Geology have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Geologic Technician
Works primarily in the field and lab collecting water, soil, or other samples and preparing them for analysis. Identifies and describes rock core collected during petroleum or mining drilling operations.
Petroleum or Mining Geologist
Works primarily in an office analyzing data and building geologic models to discover and produce energy or mining resources. This career typically requires a master’s degree.
Find and manage surface and groundwater resources through data collection, analysis, and modeling. This career typically requires a master’s degree and additional math.
Geological Engineer
Work with engineers to evaluate the earth-side of most construction projects including roads, mines, dams, buildings, and pipelines. They engineer solutions to clean-up soil and water pollution and to mitigate and prevent slope failures and floods. This career typically requires a master’s degree in geological engineering.

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If you are interested in Geology, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

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