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Geology

 

The University of South Alabama offers a Bachelor of Science in Geology that prepares students to enter the scientific workforce or continue studies in graduate school. Students who major in geology receive extensive hands-on training through multiple field trips and research opportunities conducted in diverse geological regions, including Alabama, Texas and New Mexico. Students can also choose to minor in Geology. 

Geology students study the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological features and evolution over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Geology course sizes at South are small, which allows faculty to provide individualized attention. Students are mentored by experienced faculty advisors and receive personalized advice on seeking geology careers or pursuing graduate research opportunities following graduation. 

 

 

▼   Careers in Geology

The Bachelor of Science in Geology at South prepares students to enter the scientific workforce. 

Geologists work in the following fields: 

  • mining and mineral exploration
  • petroleum exploration
  • engineering geology
  • environmental geology
  • research and academia
  • hydrology
  • volcanology
  • seismology
  • planetary geology
  • paleontology
  • remote sensing and geographic information systems
  • teaching
  • landfill design
  • military planning
  • urban planning
  • hazards mitigation
  • police and legal work
  • state and federal government

Students in the geology program at South are mentored by experienced faculty advisors and receive personalized advice on seeking geology careers or pursuing graduate research opportunities following graduation. South maintains close contact with alumni who are currently employed as geologists in the mining, petroleum, environmental, water supply and research fields.

For more information on potential careers in geology, please visit the following websites: