What Can I Do With A Major In Geosciences?

Geoscientists, geochemists, and geophysicists work to extend our knowledge of the earth's history, surface, and subsurface. They locate water, energy, and mineral resources, make land use planning decisions, conduct environmental assessments, participate in a broad range of soil to snow science, and conduct river research including erosion, flooding, and restoration.

Geological research and professional work combine field, lab, and computer skills. In preparation for that, Geosciences students become scientifically literate and broadly educated with quantitative skills in the natural sciences. They use modern analytical equipment in the field and lab, develop solid computing skills, and learn how to operate modern hi-tech equipment. This education, and the attendant problem solving skills which are developed through the Geosciences program, are a great preparation for survival and success in our society. Many Geosciences majors exploit their broad-based science background to develop careers in the general hi-tech industry, far from applied geoscience.

In a world of stressed environmental systems, one with a rapidly expanding human population in the developing world, water, energy, and mineral resources are going to be increasingly valuable. Environmental remediation, river management, river restoration, recovery from natural disasters (and their prediction), and protection/remediation of water resources are going to be important economic components of our society. These areas are the domain of geoscientists, areas where we build our careers.

The Department of Geosciences offer three degree options/programs of study for the Bachelor of Science degree: Geosciences B.S., International Field Geosciences Joint B.S. with University of Cork (Ireland), and International Field Geosciences Dual B.S. with Potsdam University (Germany). They also offer an Option in Earth Science Education and a Minor in Geosciences.

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