From earthquakes to volcanoes to floods, the physical processes of the Earth have always affected people.
Geoscientists study the physical, chemical, and biological processes of the Earth, from its deep interior to its surface. Most people think that geology is just about rocks or oil and gas. However geoscience majors also study topics such as rivers, beaches, volcanoes, glaciers, earthquakes, plate tectonics, groundwater, global climate change, soils and sediments.
Using a wide variety of tools and techniques, students learn how geoscientists investigate environmental hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, beach erosion, volcanic eruptions, water pollution, and toxic chemical spills); the availability of mineral, energy, and water resources; and the history of the earth and its inhabitants.
The Geoscience program at Tarleton State University offers five degree programs. All under the larger heading of Geoscience, these include:
- Environmental Science
- Earth Science
- Geoscience Composite (certifying student to teach all high school sciences ).
The Tarleton Geoscience program offers the benefits of small classes and individual attention. We offer many field and laboratory classes offering opportunities for hands-on learning. The Geoscience Program is housed in a state-of-the-art science building.
Faculty engage in a variety of research activities including such areas as mineral chemistry, vertebrate paleontology, volcanic seismicity, non-point pollution, water supply protection, wetland hydrology. Advanced undergraduates can be employed as lab assistants.
The campus is located in an area with extensive and visible geology. In the surrounding region students have access to a wide variety of geologic situations including the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma, Chisos and Davis Mountains in West Texas, the Llano uplift, the caves and the springs of the Hill Country in central Texas, and the sediments of the coastal plain.
After Your Degree
The geology curriculum is broad in scope to prepare the student for employment by environmental and water resource companies; mineral and energy industries; federal, state, and local governments; and engineering and service companies involved with utilizing earth resources. Qualified students are also prepared for graduate study. As with many sciences, better more high-paying jobs are available with an advanced degree. However there are still many jobs for those with a B.S.
- Petroleum industry including oil and gas exploration, production, storage, and waste disposal facilities
- Independent drilling companies
- Federal government agencies such as: Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management
- State government
- Private companies
- Consulting firms
- Equipment suppliers
For more information check out the American Geological Institute site. They have a number of reports on employment outlook, types of careers, even interviews with geoscientists in many sectors.
For information on salaries and job market, go to the U. S. Department of Labor site.