Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials, and its processes. It concerns itself with solving basic scientific problems and utilizing knowledge of the Earth for the benefit of society. Its concerns include but are not limited to soil preservation, water production and quality, hazards mitigation, resource exploration and production, engineering of structures large and small, climate change, and the history of life on Earth and the search for life on other planets.

Your Future Opportunities

Obtaining a major in Geology prepares students for a variety of career opportunities.

Careers in this field

  • Geologist
  • Environmental Field Technocian
  • Field Seismologist
  • Hydrogeologist

Department of Chemistry and Geology

The Geology program is part of the Department of Chemistry and Geology.

Geology, Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Geology offers students a versatile platform for entry into the field. Students can focus on several different areas, such as Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, Natural Resources Management, Resources Development or Teaching.

Geology, Minor

The Geology minor is an introduction to the field and is the perfect complement to an anthropology, biology, chemistry, geography, or physics degree.

Environmental Geology, Certificate

The Environmental Geology Certificate is designed to develop a core component of skills in geology that are relevant to solving environmental problems. Courses within the certificate place an emphasis on understanding and solving problems associated with our regional geologic environment.

Geology Faculty and Staff

Meet our Faculty and Staff and learn more about their expertise.