Professional Geology Concentration

This program of study prepares students for careers as professional geologists in the fields of energy, engineering, economic, and environmental geology. It also prepares students for graduate school.  This program of study requires one introductory geology course, eight fundamental geology courses such as mineralogy, structural geology, and paleontology.  Four geo-environmental courses, such as oceanography, water resources, or geochemistry, and participation in summer geology field camp, are also required, as well as nine hours of physics, eight hours of chemistry, and the standard College of Arts & Sciences core courses. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the environmental consulting industry; state and federal government agencies; as well as energy and extraction industries, such as oil, gas, and coal.  The Professional Geology Degree also prepares students for application to a graduate program.

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Environmental Geoscience Concentration

This program of study prepares students for careers in the fields related to the conservation and management of natural resources as well as remediation of natural and human hazards. This program of study is intended to expose the student to a broader cross-section of earth science courses than the professional geology concentration.

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Minor in Geosciences, Professional Geology Concentration

A minor in geoscience with the professional geology concentration requires physical and historical geology with labs (GG 1111/1113 and GG 1121/1123) plus 14 additional hours in 2000 or higher level courses for a total of 22 geoscience credit hours. The environmental geoscience concentration requires that environmental geology (GG 3133) be included in the 22 credit hours.