What Can I Do with a Major in Geology?

Geology is the science of the earth's composition, structure, origin, and evolution. It includes subjects as diverse as the origin of rocks and minerals, the migration of pollutants in ground water, and the evolution of life as recorded in fossils. Many geologists are involved in devising sustainable approaches to energy development, to investigating and mitigating pollution, and to understanding and mitigating the effects of hazards, such as flooding, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and landslides.

Geology majors*:

  • make observations and collect data in the field
  • map and sample in complex geologic and tectonic settings
  • decipher geologic and environmental events and processes
  • make and interpret instrumental measurements
  • assess natural resources

The Earth Science major prepares individuals for many different careers. Earth scientists are typically employed in consulting and planning firms, energy and mineral resources companies, as well as government agencies such as the National Park Service, environmental protection agencies, and health departments. They are also employed in schools and universities, a wide array of both small and large corporations, legal practices, non-profit organizations, and even the news media.

In recent years, about 30% of our graduates have furthered their education in graduate programs.

Career options for Geology graduates include**:

  • government geologist
  • environmental consultant
  • petroleum geologist

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Geology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Geology majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.