Geology is the study of the earth, the processes that shape it and the materials of which it is composed. Geology gives students an understanding of the world around them, an appreciation for the length and events of earth history, and the knowledge to help them make informed decisions about environmental concerns.
The Geological Sciences Department offers majors in geology and in earth science. There are two tracks available through the geology major-- the first is designed for students intending to enter graduate school and/or continue on as professional geologists (TRACK G); the second is intended for students who do not plan to pursue graduate studies (TRACK L). Track L is also ideal for students who plan to combine a major in geology with a major in another science.
The earth science major is designed primarily for students in the secondary education program. It is also appropriate for students who have an interest in the earth sciences but plan to pursue careers in other fields. It may be combined with a second major in another field outside the sciences.
The geology curriculum provides students with a strong undergraduate preparation for more specialized training at the graduate level or for on the-job training by industries and government agencies.
The science of geology depends upon basic principles in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. A number of courses in these areas are required as cognates for the geology or earth science major.