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Geological Sciences

Geological Sciences students exploring Death Valley in California.
During spring break, many of our geological sciences students go on a trip to explore geological wonders, like the one shown here to Death Valley.

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment   

Department of Geological Sciences

 

Discover our world!

 

Think geologists only study rocks, minerals and fossils? Think again! While some students still pursue these traditional geology topics, most geological sciences students are advancing our understanding of how the Earth works and how it has changed, both through natural and human forces. Students study the planet, the processes that change our landscapes, the history of life and the interactions between environment and society.  Geologists are needed to collect scientific data, inform policy decisions and study the environmental impacts of things like fracking, oil and natural gas extraction, renewable resources, climate change, and more.  Geology graduates are in high demand with starting salaries ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 annually. 

Areas of study

  • Earth History and Paleontology
  • Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
  • Coastal, River, and Glacial Processes
  • Earth Materials and Geochemistry
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Climate Change

 

Career Options

  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Science Educator
  • Paleontologist
  • Disaster Scientist

 

Graduate Programs

  • Geoscience
  • Oceanography
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental Science
  • Soil Science
  • Science Education
  • Environmental Law

What’s special about this program?

 

At UD, our students learn about the Earth in small classes, in labs, and numerous field trips, with faculty interaction and a well-developed sense of community. Majors are encouraged to participate in research with faculty in areas such as hydrogeology, geobiology, water science, geochemistry, and paleoclimate. We also operate an annual Summer Field course and a Spring Break Field Trip to places of geologic significance. Recent trips have been to Death Valley and the Grand Canyon! As part of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, we share interests and projects with environmental scientists, geographers and marine scientists. CEOE is also home to the Delaware Geological Survey, a science-based state agency that conducts geologic and hydrologic research, service and exploration.

Get involved

 

CEOE’s Living Learning Community

Semester-in-Residence

EnvironMentors

DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs and extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Faculty-sponsored research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

Sample curriculum

CHEM103 

 

General Chemistry
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

GEOL107

 

General Geology
GEOL110

Earth History

 

MATH241

Analytic Geometry and Calculus A

 

MATH242 

 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

BISC207

Introductory Biology I

 

GEOL202

Earth Materials

 

GEOL203

Surficial Processes

 

GEOL467

Spring Break Field Trip

 

PHYS201

Introductory Physics I

 

 

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective

 

 

History and Cultural Change Elective

 

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

 

GEOL304

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

 

GEOL305

Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics

 

GEOL306

Field Geology

 

GEOL4XX

Geology Elective

 

GEOL467

Spring Break Field Trip

 

 

Introductory Physics II or Introductory Biology II or Chemistry II

 

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

 

 

Quantitative Elective 1

 

  Elective Course
GEOL4XX

Geology Elective

 

GEOL401

Senior Seminar

 

GEOL405

Research

 

GEOL467

Spring Break Field Trip

 

 

Quantitative Elective 2

 

  Elective Courses