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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 Earth Sciences


Discover our world!

By studying geological sciences, you will study the planet, the processes that change our landscapes, the history of life and the interactions between environment and society. You will gain the practical and in-demand skills 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?

You will learn about the Earth in small classes, in labs, and numerous field trips, with faculty interaction and a well-developed sense of community. You are encouraged to participate in research with faculty in areas such as hydrogeology, geobiology, water science, geochemistry, and paleoclimate. You will also have many opportunities for field courses in places of geologic significance. Recent trips have been to Death Valley and the Grand Canyon! You may also be able to benefit from the Delaware Geological Survey, a science-based state agency based at UD that conducts geologic and hydrologic research, service and exploration.

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment and the Geology Club.

Sample curriculum



General Chemistry

Seminar in Composition




General Geology

Earth History



Analytic Geometry and Calculus A




Analytic Geometry and Calculus B




First Year Experience

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective



Foreign Language Course



Introductory Biology I



Earth Materials



Surficial Processes



Spring Break Field Trip



Introductory Physics I



Creative Arts and Humanities Elective



History and Cultural Change Elective



Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective



Sedimentology and Stratigraphy



Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics



Field Geology



Geology Elective



Spring Break Field Trip



Introductory Physics II or Introductory Biology II or Chemistry II



Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective



Quantitative Elective 1


  Elective Course

Geology Elective



Senior Seminar






Spring Break Field Trip



Quantitative Elective 2


  Elective Courses

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