The study of geology includes natural hazards, the processes responsible for Earth's internal structure and external landforms, Earth resources, a geologic perspective on Earth's dynamic climate, and geologic time. Geology explains why a landscape looks the way it does and shows that Earth is dynamic and changes both gradually and catastrophically. Understanding these changes provides opportunity to prepare for them and to design a resilient society.
Geology is unique among the sciences in that it uses concepts and laws from other fields (i.e., chemistry, physics) to understand the complex world. Textbooks provide foundational information but cannot capture geologic landscapes' intricate puzzles. This means students must explore the outstanding geology in our backyard via field trips.
A bachelor's degree in geology prepares students for entry-level geoscience jobs and graduate school. For most geoscience careers, a master's degree is considered the terminal degree, while a doctorate is necessary for most research and higher education jobs.
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Department Chair: Carol Higginbotham