Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology
Geology is a fascinating, diverse science that seeks to understand the workings of almost every aspect of the modern and ancient Earth. Traditionally, geologists focused on the solid Earth (rocks, minerals, mountain belts, sedimentary basins, oil and gas deposits, and volcanoes) as well as the history of life (paleontology). In recent years, geologists have become increasingly concerned with the history of the Earth's climate, how the changing behavior of the oceans has impacted life and climate, and how life has been affected by, and has affected, the solid Earth. For example, large volcanic eruptions, continental drift, changing sea level, and asteroid impacts have all affected the evolution of life. At the same time, the evolution of life has dramatically affected the composition of the atmosphere and oceans and hence global climate.
Geology is a rigorous science that blends the best of physics, chemistry, and math. In addition, all geology majors take courses that examine the structure and stratigraphy of the earth and its constituent rocks and minerals, as well as the study of groundwater and atmosphere. All geology majors take a multi-week summer field camp, and many also choose to intern with companies, researchers, or government organizations.
Geology grads have very good employment potential, working with engineering companies, government agencies, and in the oil, gas, and coal industries. Many alumni also pursue graduate degrees.
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Department of Geology & Planetary Science
University of Pittsburgh
4107 O'Hara Street
SRCC, Room 200
Pittsburgh PA 15260-3332