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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.


Degrees offered:

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.

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
Complete the online form to be considered for the scholarship award.