Undergraduates can choose between a B.S., which provides intensive training in geology and other sciences, and a B.A., which allows for more electives in the sciences or liberal arts. Students outside the department may also study geology as a minor to obtain a strong background in the discipline. The available tracks of study range from traditional geology to environmental, engineering, geophysics, hydrogeology and earth and space science licensure. Degree requirements may also be altered to suit the particular needs of a student upon petition to the undergraduate studies committee and in consultation with a geology faculty advisor.
The Department of Geology awards both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Both degrees prepare graduate students for the many different career pathways available for geologists. The M.S. degree is usually completed in two years, and requires coursework, a research project and thesis. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed in five years and requires coursework and a dissertation that makes a substantial contribution to their area of research.