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Environmental Geology

Many topics in Geology include a component of human-environment interaction, often related to natural disasters. Environmental Geology focuses on these “hazards”, but also considers the impact of humans on the environment. Environmental geologists work to better understand human-environment interactions and minimize impacts for both people and the environment.

Check out the Environmental Geology Specialization Curricular Guides B.A. and B.S..


Geology covers broad scales of time and space, extending billions of years into the past, and from the regional scale to the global scale. Our Geology specialization provides a strong foundation in Geology that includes Earth’s history in terms of composition, physical and chemical process, and the evolution of life.

View the Geology Specialization Curricular Guide.


Geophysics is the application of physics to the Earth. Geophysicists typically study the Earth sub-surface using non-invasive approaches, but modern geophysics also considers the Earth’s near space environment. Geophysics includes the sub-field of tectonics. Geophysicists also study the Earth’s magnetic and gravitational fields. 

Check out the Geophysics Specialization Curricular Guide.

Resource Geology

Resource Geology focuses on the formation, distribution, and characteristics of natural resources within the Earth’s surface. Resource geology includes the traditional fields of oil and gas exploration, but also includes other resources with more specialized applications, such as rare earth elements. 

View the Resource Geology Specialization Curricular Guide.

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