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- Bachelor of Science in Geophysics
Overview: Geoscience is the study of the Earth and includes the fields of geology, geophysics and environmental science. Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, landslides and plate tectonics are some of the things that geoscientists investigate and try to understand. Geophysics is a more instrument-oriented discipline that investigates the Earth's internal structure and processes by studying seismic waves and variations in our planet's magnetic and gravitational fields as well as its rotation.
Curriculum: Areas of study include earth's dynamic systems, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, seismology and engineering physics.
Faculty: The faculty in the geosciences department come from a wide array of interests and expertise; they bring their real-world expertise and experience, along with intellectual curiosity, into the classroom.
Internships: Students in the Department may have the opportunity to work part-time assisting faculty members with their research. Such jobs expose students to various aspects of science as well as provide them with some income. Other part-time jobs may also be available elsewhere in the University. To foster camaraderie among the Geoscience students and provide further exposure to field areas, students can go on a spring break field trip every year. Scenic and instructive places have been visited in the past, such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The City of St. Louis provides opportunities for science-related volunteer work in places such as the St. Louis Science Center and the St. Louis Zoo.
Careers: A degree in the geosciences prepares students for a variety of interesting careers. Many geoscientists work in industry or for government agencies concerned with oil and natural gas exploration and production, mining, water resources, civil engineering, waste and pollution management, environmental impact assessment, conservation and land management, policy analysis and implementation education. A valuable asset that students acquire in our program is the solid background in critical thinking, effective communication and computer use. A minor in the geosciences is an excellent complement to a major in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental law, or journalism.