Geology BA and BS
Geology is the study of the Earth. Geologists use a combination of field and laboratory research to understand the physical, chemical and biological processes that have shaped our planet over time and how these processes affect us. Important issues in geology include global climate change, geologic hazards such as earthquake and floods, energy resources, and environmental protection. Students learn the foundational concepts of geology and blend this with a personalized combination of upper level classes in order to tailor a degree program to meet their interests and future goals.
Students who major in geology go on to further academic study at advanced levels and to careers in the private sector, government/public service and non-profit organizations. Our alumni have found employment with NASA, the U. S. Geological Survey, British Petroleum, and numerous environmental and engineering consulting firms throughout the region. Our graduates are also conducting research and teaching at SUNY-Oswego, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Buffalo, and Baylor University. Opportunities for international travel and employment are also quite common.
BA students will acquire a solid foundation in the Earth and Environmental Sciences through classroom instruction, laboratory and field work, and will be provided with opportunities for undergraduate research. The BA degree requires slightly fewer credit hours than the B.S. degree to allow students sufficient flexibility for electives outside the major to pursue a double major or to complete courses required to continue in law, medicine or education. Students intending graduate studies in the geosciences are encouraged to complete a BS.
The Geology BS begins with an introductory course in geology and progresses into various concentrations within the discipline. Students gain exposure to the study of minerals, groundwater, geochemistry, igneous and metamorphic geology, the use of computers and remote sensing in geology, paleontology, and the interpretation of earth history through the study of sedimentary deposits. The capstone experiences for the major include structural geology and a 5-6 week summer course designed to train students in geological field methods. Students compliment these courses with classes in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Opportunities for independent study and research are also available.
The Geology BA begins with an introductory course in geology and progresses into various concentrations within the discipline. All students take classes in minerals and groundwater and then can choose from a variety of classes to fill the required electives, including geochemistry, igneous and metamorphic geology, the use of computers and remote sensing in geology, paleontology, and the interpretation of earth history through the study of sedimentary deposits.
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