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. Challenging and rewarding career opportunities occur in three main areas: environmental geoscience, engineering geology, and exploration for natural resources (especially coal, oil, gas).
Students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree along with an Area of Emphasis in Engineering Geology or an Area of Emphasis in Environmental Geoscience. All Bachelor of Science in Geology degrees conclude with a Capstone project that can be fulfilled through an internship, senior research project, or an approved summer field camp.
Bachelor of Science in Geology
Total Credit Hours: 120
The Bachelor of Science in Geology degree 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.
Bachelor of Science in Geology: Emphasis in Engineering Geology
Total Credit Hours: 127
The department offers a B.S. in Geology with Emphasis in Engineering Geology. This emphasis 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 emphasis provides geologists with specific training that will enable them to effectively interact with and support engineers. The curriculum involves additional coursework in math, physics, and engineering. By completing this curriculum, candidates will automatically complete the requirements for a Minor in Engineering.
Bachelor of Science in Geology: Emphasis in Environmental Geoscience
Total Credit Hours: 124
An 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 United States. 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:
- the protection of human health and natural ecosystems from environmental degradation, and
- the protection of human health and the environment from geohazards such as floods, earthquakes, and landslides through land-use planning.
Master of Science in Physical Science (Geology Concentration)
Minor in Geology
Total Credit Hours: 12
The Department of Geology awards a Minor in Geology to any student who has successfully completed, with at least a C average, 12 hours of Geology coursework. At least 9 hours must be at the 200 level or above.