Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, including its origin and evolution, the processes that shape its surface, and the dynamic events such as earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions that “rock” our world. Geologists apply principles from chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics in their quest to understand the planet we live on. Geologic research is particularly relevant to environmental issues and the search for energy and mineral resources.
The Geology and Environmental Geology majors provide a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in industry, environmental consulting, government, teaching, or many other fields. See the links at left for major requirements. Note that Chemistry 111 and 112 are prerequisites for required geology classes in both the Geology and Environmental Geology majors. Both majors prepare students for graduate study, and many of our students have gone on to obtain masters and doctorates at top-notch research universities.