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Geology Minor

What is Geology

The study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources.

Geology is the science that puts all the other sciences in the context of the Earth. You learn how to apply physics, math and chemistry to understanding landscapes, materials and processes that we deal with every day. Geologists therefore are the ones who know where to drill for oil and gas, how to manage and protect our water resources, where hazards will occur, and how to plan for where to build. Those practical skills enable people to have jobs in state geological surveys, environmental firms, construction consulting and oil and mining companies. We also prepare students in data and image analysis, so there are opportunities in data and image science in and out of geology for employment.