Geologists study the history, materials, processes and products of the Earth. Some pursue solely academic interests such as how mountains form and erode while others are interested in practical applications, exploring fossil fuels and minerals or planning construction sites and disposal locations. A geologist studies environmental impact.
The Department of Geosciences offers master of science degrees with specialization in geology, geophysics and environmental science.
Students research the most effective ways to detect oil, iron, copper, and many other minerals in the Earth while learning to identify and survey properties for environmental hazards. Our students also study the structure above and below the Earth’s surface to investigate earthquakes, oceanic shifts and other physical changes of our planet. Students are motivated to apply these principles creatively through training in advanced methods of analysis, research and synthesis. Graduates use their education to establish respectable careers in academia, consulting, industry and government.