Earth, Atmospheric, and Geographic Information Sciences

Bachelor of Science - Geology

Degree Overview

Geology is the study of theory and practice of scientific knowledge pertaining to the Earth: its morphology and environment, materials and processes, origin, and history; i.e., the complex physical, chemical, and biological interactions which have shaped the planet’s evolution. We stress undergraduate program breadth as a means of maximizing the opportunities for our undergraduates to select from a wide variety of postgraduate study or career options. Besides providing a broad theoretical knowledge base, we stress training in practical applications, independence of thought, and the development of problem-solving skills.

Geology majors select between three options within the major:

  • Geology (need 3-4 words describing the differences in the 3 options)
  • Paleontology (need 3-4 words describing the differences in the 3 options)
  • Environmental Geology (need 3-4 words describing the differences in the 3 options)

View the Undergraduate Catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions .


Career opportunities are found in both public and private sectors. Our graduates find industrial or governmental jobs in environment and engineering, oil, mining; many of them enroll in graduate programs at other universities.

Program Benefits

  • Extensive rock, mineral, and fossil collections for teaching and research
  • In-class field trips are included in most courses to provide a hands-on experience
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research and presentations both on and off campus
  • Two student organizations: Geology Club, Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon - The National Honorary Society for the Earth Sciences