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Geology

Major Information

The degree program in geology offers a broad education in the sciences with special depth in geology. In addition to the core curriculum of course work in essential skills, geology majors study subjects such as biology, chemistry, economics, international studies, math and physics, and take geology courses appropriate to the program. As the most integrative of sciences, geology is also the one most directly concerned with the major environmental issues of resources, hazards, and planning. Georgia Southern’s geology program emphasizes oral and written communication skills, research and problem solving ability, and teamwork.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Geology (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geology (B.A.)
  • Minor in Geology

Sample Occupations

  • Aerial Photo Interpreter
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Chemical Oceanographer
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Economic Geologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Administrator
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologic Consultant
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geological Oceanographer
  • Glacial Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Planner
  • Location Analyst
  • Map Analyst
  • Marine Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Photogrammetric Engineer
  • Physical Oceanographer
  • Planetary Geologist
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Seismologist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Stratigrapher
  • Surveyor

Sample Work Settings

  • Aerial Survey Firms
  • Architectural Firms
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Consulting Services
  • Engineering Firms
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • K-12 Schools
  • Land Developers
  • Land Management Companies
  • Mapping Agencies
  • Metal Mining Companies
  • Petroleum Companies
  • Planning Agencies
  • Real Estate & Development Corporations
  • Resource Management Agencies
  • Federal Agencies
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation

Sample Employers

  • BASF
  • DC Consulting
  • Firmatek
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Georgia Environmental Protection Division
  • Groundwater and Environmental Services
  • Hydrogeologic, Inc.
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Locklear & Associates, Inc.
  • RaceTrac Petroleum
  • Shaw Group
  • Terracon
  • Tetra Tech
  • United Consulting
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Geological Survey
  • Vulcan Materials Company

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2
bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

Salary.Com

www.salary.com

Professional Organizations

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

www.aapg.org

American Geological Institute

www.americangeosciences.org

American Geological Union

www.agu.org

American Institute of Professional Geologists

www.aipg.org

Association of Environmental Engineering Geologists

www.aegweb.org

Association for Women Geoscientists

www.awg.org

Geological Society of America (https://www.geosociety.org/)

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Geo Club

Tips

  • Get involved with faculty-supported undergraduate research
  • Present at a university-level or professional association supported event
  • Complete an internship or summer research opportunity
  • Seek out undergraduate teaching assistant opportunities

Last updated: 7/26/2022