Geology student semester abroad

Majors & Minors

Geology Degree

Program Overview

Geology is the science of the earth. In this applied and interdisciplinary field, students will use a combination of field work, computer modeling and lab work solve many environmental and resource-oriented problems. Geologists study the surface and interior of the earth and other planets. They work to understand the processes that shaped our planet in the past and will be shaping it in the future. A career in geology can involve lots of travel and scientific work in both the lab and the field.

Highlights of the Geology Major

  • The coursework in the geology major has several emphases that allow students to focus their studies. These include ocean sciences, paleontology, petroleum geology, mineral exploration, environmental engineering and graduate school as well as a minor in hydrogeology.

  • Outside-the-classroom experiences, including field trips and regional trips enable students to explore the geology of different regions around the country and the world.

  • The UWRF Geological Society engages in field trips and professional development activities for students interested in earth sciences.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Understand the geology of the earth and how it works.
  • Interpret any geological feature you encounter around the world.
  • Be flexible with a broad-based education in geology so that you are prepared for any change in the direction of your future career.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the field of geology. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geographers
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Marine Geologists
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Planetary Geologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Seismologist


  • Engineering Firms
  • Geological Consulting Firms
  • Graduate School
  • Mining Companies
  • Museums
  • Petroleum Exploration
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Universities and Colleges

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From 2014-2024, the demand for geoscientists is expected to grow


which is faster than the average for all occupations (source). This job growth is largely due to energy needs, environmental protection and responsible resource management.