Oil and mineral exploration. Drinking water quality. Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Glaciers. There's more to being a geologist than building a rock and fossil collection.

Geologists study the composition of earth, and how best to find, use, and protect its mineral, energy, and water resources. Geologists also use their knowledge of the earth's processes to explain threatening events such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, tidal waves, and volcanic eruptions, and to predict when they may happen again.

If you have an interest in the sciences, enjoy working outside, in a laboratory, with computers, or if you plan to teach, you are well-suited for a career in geology. Whether you are pursuing an undergraduate major or minor in our department, working towards a master's or doctoral degree, or you simply need to fill your earth science requirements in the University Core Curriculum, the Department of Geological Sciences is here to assist you.

We offer many scholarship options, and you can gain important hands-on experience through department-sponsored clubs and research opportunities.

Learn more about what we can offer you.