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About the Major

Geology majors learn about the Earth's physical environment including climate, geological resources, geological hazards and remediation. Geology graduates gain a detailed understanding of critical issues as climate change, sustainability and the nuances of human activity and its impact on the environment. Majors learn assessment- and field-based techniques and geographic information systems (GIS) that are used in evaluating the various impacts of humans on the physical Earth and hydrologic environment.

Our graduates have gone on to become...

Possible Careers for this Major

Prehealth & Prelaw
Any CLAS major may prepare you for admission to professional schools such as medical school, vet school, law school, etc.

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  • Mining & Geological Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Remediation and Waste Manager
  • Technical Consultant
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Geologic Hazard Investigator
  • Geophysical Data Technician
  • Government Researcher
  • Hydrologist
  • Marine Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
Cool Courses You Might Take
Some Unique Opportunities in this Major
  • Geology Field Camp: A six-week summer course in Taos, New Mexico. We call it boot camp for geologists, the hardest class you'll ever love.
  • University of Florida in Merida: Summer course in Mexico covering tropical ecology, Spanish and anthropology.
  • Research Project Opportunities Abroad: Students participate in studies in India, Namibia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Chile, and on research vessels at sea including the submersible Alvin.

  • For more opportunities, please refer to the department website
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