What is Geology? And Why is it Important?
Geological Science is the study of the Earth, its physical nature, chemical composition and dynamics of the earth. Geologists are particularly interested in the geological processes that formed the earth and will continue to modify it in the future. In addition to understanding the way the earth works and its relationship to the solar system, geological scientists search for energy, mineral and water resources, evaluate environmental hazards, and identify areas prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, coastal erosion and floods.
Much of geological science deals with the unseen, for example, the earth's interior. Geological scientists need not go far to reach the frontier of knowledge. What is unknown far exceeds what is known.
The department continues to grow robustly, with 106 students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in the department. Although a recent survey by the American Geological Institute indicates that nationwide geology undergraduate enrollment has increased by 24.6% since 2006, enrollment in our Geology B.S. has doubled since 2006. This growth has not come at the expense of quality – our graduates continue to be highly sought-after by both employers and grad schools. You’ll find fellow alumni in oil, geotech, and environmental firms across the state, as well as currently pursuing PhDs at universities such as U.C. Riverside, U.S.C., Univ. Nevada – Reno, Wisconsin, Miami, Brown, and Colorado School of Mines, to name but a few!