Geology - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

The Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) program is designed for students who desire a more flexible program of study than is provided by the B.S. degree. It may be used by those seeking a more liberal education or a background in geology for use in other fields. It is also a popular choice for students wishing to pursue Geology as a second major. The A.B. degree is not intended to prepare a student for professional or graduate work in geosciences unless the student takes the additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics required for the B.S. degree. Because many of the requirements are the same for the B.S. and A.B. degrees, if a students starts in the A.B. program and decides at a later time to switch to the B.S., this is generally easy to do.

Lab and Field Exercises
Core classes involve extensive lab work that provides crucial hands-on experience. Field exercises are standard in most core classes and form an indispensable link between lectures and real world observations and analyses. Students may examine coastal processes and organisms on Georgia's barrier islands, the outstanding mineral assemblages at Grave's Mountain in the Inner Piedmont, major fault systems in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the rich fossil assemblages and ancient depositional environments preserved in rocks of the Valley and Ridge and Cumberland Plateau.

Academics

What you will learn: 

Our undergraduate program is hands-on, with opportunities for field work and undergraduate research. For many students, the highlight of their undergraduate experience is the department's six-week summer field school based in Canon City, Colorado.  Follow this link to more information or contact an advsior.

Summer Field Courses
Some courses take place entirely in the field, including the department's six-week summer field school (required for the B.S. and the A.B. degree), based in Canon City, Colorado. Projects include field mapping in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, pollution monitoring of streams in the Colorado Plateau, and field trips to Utah and New Mexico. Students gain valuable experience with traditional and computer-based mapping tools, with GIS, and with geochemical analyses. Other, optional, summer field programs include the Honors Interdisciplinary Summer Field Program in Geology, Anthropology, and Ecology, and the study-abroad program in Argentina.

Other Degrees/Programs Offered: 

The Department of Geology offers three degree tracks, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree, and the Geology Minor.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program involves a broad curriculum that prepares students for employment immediately after graduation or for more advanced graduate study in the geosciences. For those students that pursue advanced degrees in geoscience, the undergraduate major prepares them for a wide range of fields, including hydrology and environmental geology, geochemistry and biogeochemistry, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology and tectonics, stratigraphy and sedimentary geology, paleontology, economic geology, geophysics, and archaeological geology.
 

The geology minor is intended for students who wish to supplement their major fields with additional background in selected areas of geoscience, depending on the interests of the student. The minor is ideal for students pursuing careers in other fields that benefit from additional understanding of earth resources, natural hazards, and the environment, such as anthropology, biosciences, business, education, geography, journalism, law, or public policy.

Beyond the Classroom

General Research Information: 
  • Petrology
  • Paleobiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Economic Geology

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$187,200
Low Salary: 
$48,900
Median Salary: 
$91,900
Employers: 

AECOM 
Beals and Thomas, Inc. 
BHP Billiton 
Consortium GCS 
Consolidated African Mining 
Earth Surface Processes Team 
Kinross Gold Corporation 
Earth Watch 
Enscicon Corporation 
Engineers Epoch Well Logging 
Offshore Sea Exploration 
Exploration Geology Corps 
Kaiser Engineering Group 
PRC Environmental Management 
Kemron Petroleum companies 
Kennecott Ridgeway Mining Co. 
Glenwood Group 
Nexen Inc. 
Occidental Petroleum 
NTH consultants 
Newmont Mining 
National Geospatial Program 
Quaternary Paleoclimatology 
Shell 
U.S. Department of the Interior 
United Carbide 
Winzler & Kelly Consulting 
Rettew Associates 
Remote Sensing Clearinghouse 
Tropical Prediction Center 
National Wetlands Research Ctr. 
Hurricane Impact Researcher 
UN Office of Boundaries 
U.S. Geological Survey 
Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology 
Fossil Invertebrates Field Museum 

 

Possible Job Titles: 

Astro-geologist 
Geological oceanographer 
Cartographer 
Geologist 
Civil engineer 
Geophysicists 
Computer engineer 
Geochemist 
Computer Services Specialist 
Hydro-geologist 
Metallurgical engineer 
Construction consultant 
Energy engineer 
Mine Geologist 
Engineering Technician 
Mining engineer 
Environmental scientist 
Nuclear engineer 
Field equipment specialist 
On-sight Environmental 
Paleontologist 
Particle physicist 
Petroleum geologist 
Planetary scientist 
Quaternary Geologist 
Research scientist 
Sedimentary Geologist 
Seismologist 
Soil scientist 
Vector Geologist