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Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences


Geological science is the science of our Planet and often known as the science of the 21st century, as it is ground zero for tackling global challenges like managing land, water, ocean, space, mineral, and energy resources in a sustainable way. Society’s interest in the environment and climate change is growing fast. The time has never been better to become a geological scientist.

The B.S. degree in Geological Sciences can provide a wide variety of career options, including jobs in the corporate (environmental, engineering, mining, industry, energy), government (surveys, agencies, park service), and academic sectors. Our program takes a holistic approach, as the traditional geology has become increasingly interdisciplinary. With two tracks  (Environmental Earth Science and Geology), the program has a common core, providing the knowledge base for students to pursue the Professional Geologist licensure. Each track has different other requirements, specializing in different subjects. Our classes feature interactive learning, both in the field exploring the earth and in the lab doing simulations and analytical works. Students also enjoy excellent opportunities to work with faculty and other students on a variety of research topics. Click here for the Geological Sciences Progam Flyer.

Environmental Earth Science

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In the Environmental Earth Science track the requirements are more defined and focused on concepts and applications specific to environmental geology, preparing students for environment-related jobs.

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This track requires 26 hours of common core GEOL courses. These core courses will provide a fundamental disciplinary background irrespective of their choice of track. Nationwide, these courses are regarded as essential ones, providing a key set of knowledge to all geologists.

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The required courses are designed to build the concept and application of environmental geoscience. Students graduating out of this track will be better prepared for environment- and climate-related jobs.

 

Geology

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Geology track is more generalized and is aligned with the increasing need for students to get a Professional Geologist (P.G.) license after graduation in order to perform certain jobs. 

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This track requires 26 hours of common core GEOL courses. These core courses will provide a fundamental disciplinary background irrespective of their choice of track. Nationwide, these courses are regarded as essential ones, providing a key set of knowledge to all geologists.

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Instead of requiring some specific GEOL courses (i.e., courses that are not in the proposed common core but are currently required), which may or may not have a direct link to a particular career path, track hours (22 hrs) are largely kept open as ‘required electives’  courses in the major field.

 

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 Last Modified 8/25/21