Major in Geology

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate degree in geology. 

Saint Louis University Geology Degree Overview

Students who major in geology at Saint Louis University learn to map and analyze rocks, decipher the Earth's history from the rock record, locate natural resources, identify natural and manmade hazards and understand Earth's natural processes.

If you choose to major in geology at SLU, you'll have the chance to participate in an annual department field trip where our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students spend one week exploring a region of the United States. You will have the chance to travel through national parks, see natural systems and learn firsthand about the Earth and its environment. SLU's department of earth and atmospheric sciences heavily subsidizes these trips so that most students can participate.

Geology students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science program also participate in a six-week summer camp, during which they learn to work in the field. You may also have the opportunity for part time work assisting our faculty members with their geology research.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Geology Degree Program

Geology students at SLU begin their studies with survey courses in Earth systems. Intermediate and upper-division courses focus on the building blocks of Earth and the processes that modify its features. These courses cover the study of minerals and rocks, weathering and erosion, sediment transport and deposition, the development of mountain ranges and deformation of the Earth, and the movement of tectonic plates.

Geology students at SLU can choose a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Both study earth processes, rocks, minerals and structures, but the B.S. degree places a stronger emphasis on chemistry, physics and calculus. It is more appropriate for students who intend to go on to graduate school or become a professional geologist.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Geology from SLU?

Students who graduate with a degree in geology from Saint Louis University are prepared to work as geoscientists in industry or for government agencies concerned with oil and natural gas exploration and production, mining, water resources, civil engineering and waste and pollution management.

You may also use your skills providing environmental impact assessments, conservation and land management or policy analysis.

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