Experiential learning is a focus of the geology bachelor’s degree program at UToledo. Students take field trips and have opportunities to present and publish their own research.
Geology is the scientific study of the Earth — what it’s made of, the physical and chemical processes that occur on its surface and inside it, and the planet’s history and life forms.
At The University of Toledo, geology majors are taught to think critically, question established dogma and develop communication skills. Geologists are uniquely trained for a wide variety of jobs. They are used to working with incomplete data sets, open-ended problems and a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data before choosing the best solution.
Geology undergraduates have two degree options:
The BS in geology — offers a rigorous background in the earth sciences, focusing on environmental geology and surface processes. This degree positions a student to pursue graduate studies in geology or go directly into the workforce.
The BA in geology — offers more flexibility to tailor a program to your interests in geology and the related sciences. This degree positions a student for employment in the field.
UToledo geology graduates impress employers with their understanding of environmental geology concepts and practices, spatial analysis training, communication skills and scientific reasoning.
Students have varied career opportunities and are hired by:
UToledo geology alumni have been accepted into such graduate schools as:
"My research started with a question I had while being in the hydrogeology class. I believe no question is stupid. Always inquire! Who knows? Maybe that question is the start of an amazing research project. I will always miss UT and the people I met. Once a Rocket, always a Rocket!"
Priyanka More - Read more about Priyanka here.
"The quality of your education is up to you. Take advantage of the many incredible resources in this department. Geology faculty runs amazing field trips to some of the best geological areas in the country. You'll be reminded why you study these topics, and you may even have a little fun along the way."
Luke Cousino - Read more about Luke here.
"Where you go for vacation, I go for work. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it."
Timothy Connors - Read more about Timothy here.
BS in geology, ’91; MS in geology, ’96
UToledo geology students are trained in the latest field, lab and computer-based techniques.
Many geology faculty members at UToledo receive external research grants and are editors of international scientific journals. They bring the latest research into the classroom and lab. Our department’s small size permits significant faculty/student interactions in our recently renovated research labs.
UToledo geology undergraduates also have conducted research in the field. They’ve worked locally and regionally, across the Great Plains and even in Africa and the Middle East. Undergraduates have published research findings in peer-reviewed journals and presented their work at regional and national meetings.
Students have studied: