What can a Geological Sciences major do for you?
Geological Sciences, housed in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), is an interdisciplinary science that applies principles of all the basic sciences to a variety of problems related to our planet’s evolution and environments, including its composition, structure and history. All courses developed for the program carry a field component, including a summer field geology course in Colorado, a hydrology class involving a canoe trip down the Kentucky River, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or a field trip to Canada. The curriculum in Geological Sciences allows you to better meet the needs of the geological profession so that you are well prepared to enter an ever-changing job market or go on to graduate school. After graduation, many graduates of EES at the University of Kentucky find jobs in the environmental science or energy resource fields.
6+ Courses with field trips
60,000 Median salary
What skills does studying geology develop?
- problem solving, critical and analytical thinking
- utilize computer techniques to solve problems
- collaboration with other geologists and scholars
- construct and manage various numerical, oral, graphical or textual information
- present insights and information in writing and speaking
- synthesize the entire range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) in creatively solving geoscience problems
The Bachelor of Science program is designed for students who plan a career as a professional geologist or who plan to pursue a post-graduate education. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed for students planning a career in government policy relating to earth science and environmental issues, earth-science education, business (environmental consulting), environmental law, or environmental medicine. You will find geology majors using their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of occupational opportunities such as:
- petroleum geologist
- engineering geologist
- environmental geologist
- economic geologist
- planetary geologist
- land-use technician
- consulting firms
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