The Department of Geology offers majors and minors in geology and Hydrogeology / environmental geology. Geology is the general study of the earth and earth systems and can prepare you for a career as a professional geologist, a related profession that draws upon geology, a teaching career or graduate studies in the geological sciences. Hydrogeology / environmental geology involves the application of geology to groundwater related or environmental problem. This program will prepare you for a career as an environmental geologist, where you may evaluate and inspect sites for contamination, monitor the effects of pollution and solve problems of waste disposal, urban development, and hazards such as flooding or erosion. In the field of environmental geology, you may work as a hydrogeologist and determine the underground flow of water, manage groundwater as a resource, or detect and trace groundwater contamination.
The Master of Science degree in Geology is designed to produce well-rounded geologists who can easily accept professional roles in the environmental, petroleum or mining industries, in government, or as independent consultants. In addition, the curriculum prepares students if they choose to pursue a doctoral degree at another institution. Students may tailor their degree to specialize in environmental geochemistry, environmental geobiology, hydrogeology, petrology/geochemistry, geophysics/tectonics, petrology/structural geology, and palynology/micropaleontology/paleobiology. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged.
Source: Department Website July 2010