Degrees in Geological and Environmental Sciences offer a wide variety of career paths upon completion. Careers with private industry, government and academic institutions are all possible. Furthermore, a MBA Fastrack option is offered because we encourage graduates to think about starting their own businesses. We have numerous internship opportunities available for students to supplement the coursework education offered. We teach professional skills such as writing, speaking and data analysis in addition to the concepts and methods involved with studying the Earth and human interactions with Nature. Our graduates can travel as part of their educational experience and pursue careers that may take them around the world. Professionals in Geological and Environmental Sciences generally report high satisfaction ratings with their careers and many paths lead to some of the more lucrative professions in scientific fields.

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The department of Geological Sciences offers both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Geological Sciences, and a BS in Environmental Science.

Department Requirements

C Rule

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses taken within the Department of Geological Sciences that are used to satisfy the above Geology and Geophysics degree requirements. Continuation in sequence courses (such as GEOL 3315 OR GEOL 3215 AND GEOL 3115) after receiving a D in one of these courses is permitted with permission of the instructor. A student receiving a grade of D in a required course must repeat the course at its earliest offering. Students receiving consecutive grades of D will not be allowed to continue sequence courses until grades of C or better have been earned in the appropriate courses. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved in required science courses taken outside the Geological Sciences department.

Departmental Research

All undergraduate students are encouraged to complete a research experience. The preferred option is completion of a GEOL 4399 Senior's Thesis. However, an appropriate GEOL 4166 Directed Study, Geology - GEOL 4366 or GEOP 4167 - GEOP 4367) or GEOL 4189 Research in Geological Science - GEOL 4389) course also fulfills this requirement.


Bachelor of Science


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Geological Sciences