ChairW. Peck

Geology is the study of the physical and chemical nature of Earth, the evolution and impact of life on our planet, and the global processes active both now and in the past. An understanding of geology—developed through the scientific study of minerals, rocks, and fossils—explains how past and present-day ecosystems, including the oceanic realm, have been reshaped by plate tectonics, volcanism, mountain building, climate change, evolution, and other events through time. 

Introductory courses are designed to contribute significantly to a liberal arts education and an understanding of Earth and the environment. Advanced courses provide the highest possible level of general and preprofessional training for majors.

Majors in geology or environmental geology provide students with the opportunity to pursue careers in the geological and environmental sciences, business, and education, as well as government and public service. Upon graduation, many geology majors go on to graduate study in geology, hydrology, oceanography, environmental sciences, and environmental policy and law. Other graduates go directly into a wide spectrum of employment situations, including business, environmental consulting, teaching, administration in schools and museums, and mineral resources and energy-related jobs.

The Department of Geology offers courses that deal with the processes occurring in and on the planet Earth. Topics include oceanography, ground water, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the origin and evolution and extinction of life, including dinosaurs. Students with an interest in these topics and in the environmental sciences should consider taking an introductory course in geology (see below for fall offerings). Students interested in majoring or minoring in geology or environmental geology should consider taking GEOL 190 in their first year.

For further details, please refer to the University Catalog and consult the department chair or other geology faculty members.

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Geology Courses