Geology Bachelor's Degree Overview
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.
Geology Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- Expert faculty. All UToledo geology courses are taught by department faculty, not grad students. Our geology faculty’s interests span the geological sciences, with a focus on environmental, surface and near-surface geology.
- Research. UT’s faculty is active in funded research. The high student-to-faculty ratio allows undergraduates to work alongside faculty in our recently renovated labs. Students also can work on their own research projects. These research opportunities make our students more competitive in the job market.
- Field experiences. Students can take twice-a-year field trips. Geology majors have traveled all over the country, including to the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, Death Valley, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, the Appalachians and the Adirondacks.
Faculty and students also are actively investigating the Toledo region’s geology. The area is an ideal natural laboratory. It has landforms and sediment sequences that were deposited at the end of the last ice age. Students also have the chance to study environmental geology. Toledo has extensive agricultural activity and concentrated urban areas that are directly affected by the surface geology.
- Interested in environmental issues and geology? Choose the geology concentration in UT’s environmental science bachelor’s degree program.
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:
- Environmental consulting firms and industry
- State natural resource agencies and geological surveys
- Fossil fuel and mineral resource companies
- Planning commissions and water resource agencies
- State and national regulatory agencies
- Universities, colleges and secondary schools
|Environmental consultant||Public affairs officer|
|Geologic consultant||Science technician|
|Geologist||Testing lab coordinator|
UToledo geology alumni have been accepted into such graduate schools as:
|Boston University||Texas A&M|
|Indiana University||University of Illinois|
|Michigan State University||University of Michigan|
|Michigan Technical University||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|Purdue University||Virginia Tech|
"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
Geology Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
UToledo geology students are trained in the latest field, lab and computer-based techniques.
Geology Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology
- Geophysics, Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Geology
- Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems
- Glacial and Quaternary Geology
- Historical Geology and Paleontology
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.
UT 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:
- Glacial lake sediment and moraine depositional history
- Wetlands hydrology
- Watershed modeling
- How to map a potential impact crater with geophysical techniques
- Mapping glacial lake shorelines
- Deglacial river systems