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Applied Geology Program

Geologists play an important role in identifying problems and finding solutions to an increased demand for energy and mineral resources, expansion of human activities into geologically hazardous areas, and other impacts to land, water, and air. Intimately involved in understanding geological processes of Earth, geologists are trained to investigate mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, minerals, water, ancient life, oil, gas, precious metals, or even space. The Applied Geology degree (B.S.) combines coursework from multiple departments with a core of geology courses. This degree offers opportunities for national and international fieldwork, meaningful undergraduate research projects, and industry related internships. Students must work with a faculty advisor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to discuss academic and employment goals as well as graduation requirements. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better. The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor. Students must complete 120 hours or more of coursework of which 40-hours or more must be upper division course work (3000 & 4000 level).


You can review major, minor and concentration requirements by clicking on the links below or by visiting the EAS Degree Check Sheets section of the EAS website. 


For additional information, advise or to confirm your catalog year, please consult with an EAS Academic Advisor


The mission of the Applied Geology program is to prepare students for entry into geoscience careers or graduate programs by providing access to critical content knowledge, applicable skills, and modes of thought. The objective of the program is to integrate a strong background in geology with applicable hands-on training through laboratory and fieldwork and interpretive data assessment.

Geology is a particularly integrative field because in order to understand Earth’s physical processes, the vast network of interconnections within the Earth system must also be considered. As a consequence, geology incorporates ideas and perspectives from many different fields such as chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, water science, environmental science, mathematics, art, and more. These many connections make geology an appropriate and fascinating minor for students with any major. The geology minor offers a strong foundation for understanding how Earth has developed and changed through time. Students should consult with a department advisor to assist with program planning. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better.

Geology Minor

  1. To build student’s knowledge base in geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes;
  2. To prepare and train students in field and laboratory technologies and techniques used in geoscientific investigation and interpretation;
  3. To develop competency in written and oral scientific communication and presentation;
  4. To construct habits of critical thinking and creative problem solving that lead to informed decision making, life-long learning, and leadership based on current scientific knowledge; and
  5. To prepare students for successful entry into career or graduate programs.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain geoscientific concepts, principles, and processes.
  2. Apply appropriate field and laboratory geoscientific technologies and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate competency in scientific communication.
  4. Evaluate and interpret geoscientific information and data.

Please contact a Geology professor or the EAS advisor if you are interested in the major, minor, or certificate to get advising and set up the most efficient plan for your success.


Geology Advisors:

Dr. Barbara EchoHawk Dr. Uwe Kackstaetter Karen Becker
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