Geology integrates a range of scientific disciplines to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Earth, the relationships between rocks, water, chemistry, biology, and the environment, in the context of a changing world.
Geology is usually embedded in team-taught interdisciplinary programs that incorporate other science disciplines, as well as social sciences and arts. You can study geology at all levels; foundational physical geology is taught in lower levels; advanced study typically focuses on geochemistry and hydrogeology.
Applied learning is emphasized, through field trips, field and lab observation, geographic information systems (GIS), and research projects. You’ll develop quantitative reasoning, scientific literacy, and data analysis skills that prepare you to answer real-world questions.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.