What is geology?

Geology is the study of the Earth and its physical properties. There is also a field known as planetary geology, which is the study of the physical properties of the worlds of our solar system.

Who takes geology classes?

Some students take our geology classes because they satisfy general education requirements, others because they satisfy their intellectual curiosity. These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in geology or related fields, such as meteorology and oceanography!

What do geologists do?

Pursuing a degree in geology leads to lots of job options! Geology is a terrific option if you enjoy working outdoors. Many geologists work in the energy industry. Others work in colleges and universities. Some work in industries, such as engineering and environmental consulting.  Most positions require advanced degrees, and some may require state certifications.

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for geologist is 10% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for geologists was $89,780 in May 2016.

For more information about chemistry-related careers, visit the American Geophysical Union's Careers website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
  • Communicate an understanding of the connections between science and other human activities.
  • Examine the universe in a variety of courses.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in a variety of scientific applications.

Related Majors/Degrees/Certificates


Any questions?

Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.