Geosciences

Why a Degree 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 employment 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, and develop solid technology skills.

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. 

Sample Occupations

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Petroleum/Glacial/Economic Geoscientist
  • Geochemist
  • Structural Geologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Geochronologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Seismologist

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