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Geoscientists integrate and apply a wide range of scientific skills and concepts to examine Earth’s composition, structure, and processes in order to better understand its past, present, and future. In addition to having the opportunity to have fulfilling and environmentally friendly careers, their rigorous educational experience affords geoscience degree holders with good employability and salary potential. Geoscientists also have the benefit of working in multiple work environments including in the field, laboratories, and the office.



Geosciences students investigate earth processes at scales that range from atomic to planetary. The Geosciences undergraduate program offers degrees with Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geobiology and Paleobiology, Environmental and Engineering Geosciences, and Earth Science Education options.



  • Environmental and Engineering Geosciences
  • Geobiology and Paleobiology
  • Earth Science Education
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics
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