Much more than just looking at pretty rocks, geology is the study of the Earth, what it’s comprised of, and how it’s affected by various forces acting upon it. Earthquakes, volcanoes, sinkholes, and avalanches are just a few of the things geologists study, as well as less lethal things like the chemical composition of rocks and the formation of gems. Students in the major will learn how to identify minerals, study the effects of erosion, and learn about the history, and future, of the tectonic plates.
Courses for the major focus heavily on math and the sciences. Classes can include: environmental geology, evolution of the Earth, mineralogy, geophysics, calculus, and even paleobiology. Students in the major often take trips out into the field, visit geological sites, and complete internships. Those drawn to the major tend to have a love for the outdoors, science, and are curious about this planet we live on.
After graduation, students of the major can pursue a specialized career in fields such as: geophysical engineering, oceanography, mineral engineering, astrophysics, and meteorology. Geologists of all sorts seek to understand more about the Earth and how it changes.
Geology fun fact: Diamonds may be the hardest mineral, but they’re not the rarest gemstone — according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the rarest is painite.
Celebrities who studied Geology: Herbert Hoover, President of the United States; Harrison Schmitt, astronaut; Greg Graffin, soundtrack composer.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Geology/Earth Science, General is $44,800