Geology Bachelor's Degree Overview
Geology is the study of Earth — its composition, processes and history. Geologists work to preserve and restore the environment. They explore the substances of the earth such as rocks, minerals, fuels, water and other earth materials that humans depend on for a comfortable, healthy life.
UT's geology students work with computer applications and gain field and laboratory experience so they are ready to enter the geology profession or go on to graduate school. The department has outstanding University facilities such as the Lake Erie Research Center, the Stranahan Arboretum and the College Instrumentation Center to give students a hands-on experience. Students take many field trips each year.
Understanding processes at the surface of the Earth is increasingly becoming more important as population increases and the demand for Earth’s resources are being depleted. Third-year students have the opportunity to actively develop their research skills by doing an individualized research project with a faculty member.
What to expect after graduation
Geologists are employed by engineering, hydrology and environmental consulting firms, the petroleum industry, state and federal government agencies, universities, colleges and secondary schools and the mining industry. There are many job opportunities in the environmental industry where detection, prevention and remediation of water and soil pollution are needed. With a large number of retirements expected during the next several years, the employment outlook is excellent.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Highlights
- Low faculty-to-student ratio - Most of our students work one-on-one with faculty members, which can lead to great recommendation letters for jobs or graduate school.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs in every major - Our college offers strong graduate programs, if students want to continue their education. The presence of graduate degrees in each major also boosts the prestige of the undergraduate programs.
- Longest-running exchange program - Students have the chance to spend a semester or year at the University of Salford in England, while those students come to UT and enrich our programs with an international perspective.
- Top-notch labs, spaces and equipment - We have some of the premier science facilities on campus — greenhouses, wet and dry labs, an arboretum, the Lake Erie Center on the banks of the lake and the Ritter Planetarium, which was fully renovated in 2011 - just to name a few.
- More chances for undergraduate research - We help students get into the lab and start researching with faculty members as undergraduates, whereas some schools don't offer this until graduate school.
Geology Bachelor's Degree Curriculum