Geology Major

Description: A program that focuses on the scientific study of the earth; the forces acting upon it; and the behavior of the solids, liquids and gases comprising it. Includes instruction in historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, the chemistry of rocks and soils, stratigraphy, mineralogy, petrology, geostatistics, volcanology, glaciology, geophysical principles, and applications to research and industrial problems.

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Geology Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Geology?

Students in this Major first and foremost have a love of working outdoors and ?in the field? itself. Developmental geologists tour their area of assignment as a matter of daily course, and hydro-geologists are also found outside in any area taking measurements and tests. In the classroom, a proficiency in math and the sciences are highly useful, and are essential skills for geography students and professionals alike.

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What Courses Do Geology Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Geology majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Environmental Geology
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Geology of the Colorado Plateau
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleobiology of Dinosauria
  • Petrology
  • Physical Geology
  • Special Topics in Geology