Geology is the study of the Earth. This includes the study of rocks and minerals, topography, plate tectonics (earthquakes, volcanism and mountain building), the physical history of the Earth and the history of life on the Earth. Geology students are closely involved with the related sciences of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
- The Geology emphasis prepares students for work as geoscientists across many disciplines.
- The Environmental Geology emphasis is for students interested in careers in hydrogeology, natural hazards and environmental consulting.
- The Geoarchaeology emphasis provides a geoscience background to support archaeology studies which include geologic history, past climates and landscapes that would have impacted societies.
- The Petroleum Geology emphasis is for students planning careers as geoscientists in the oil and gas industry, as well as careers in resource assessment and energy policy.
- The Secondary Earth-Space Licensure emphasis qualifies students for the State of Colorado License in Secondary Science Education.
Careers & Opportunities
Every aspect of the Geology program meets or exceeds American Geological Institute standards, meaning students graduate more than ready for entry-level positions in fields such as:
- Environmental geology & geoscience
- Field sedimentology
- Geological engineering
- Geological surveying
- Glacial geology
- Government agencies
- Oil & gas
- Pollution control