Programs of study offered by the Department of Geology are designed for individuals seeking a career in geology or the earth sciences , or intending to pursue graduate study. Students may choose from a basic Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree in geology or elect an area of emphasis in either engineering geology or environmental geoscience. All geology degrees conclude with a capstone project that can be fulfilled through an internship, senior research project, or an approved summer field camp.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology is intended for those who wish to directly enter the geology/earth science profession upon completion of the degree. This degree offers the most flexibility for those who wish to work in the field or wish to further their education at the graduate level.
The department offers a B.S. in Geology with emphasis in engineering geology. This area has been designed to meet the increasing demand for geoscientists who are trained in the acquisition, interpretation, and use of earth materials (rock, soil, ground water) for the solution of engineering problems. The program provides geologists with specific training that will enable them to effectively interact with and support engineers. Its curriculum involves additional coursework in math, physics, and engineering. By completing this curriculum, candidates will automatically complete the requirements for a minor in engineering.
A second area of emphasis in environmental geoscience has been developed to meet the increased demand for this sector of employment. This area accounts for 30% of all geoscientists who are currently employed in the U.S. The area of emphasis in environmental geoscience utilizes an interdisciplinary curriculum which will prepare graduates for careers involving the application of geologic concepts to the solution of environmental problems. These problems include 1) the protection of human health and natural ecosystems from environmental degradation, and 2) the protection of human health and the environment from geohazards such as floods, earthquakes, and landslides through land-use planning.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology is designed for those who prefer greater curriculum flexibility, are less certain about their career goals, or who may wish to enter the teaching profession at the junior high or high school levels.