About the Program
Geology majors begin by learning about the rocks and minerals that compose the Earth and what each of them can tell us about our planet’s past. In more advanced classes, geology majors explore the theories that let us understand that past in detail as well as make predictions about the future.
What You'll Learn
- Study the earth’s dynamic past through exploration of its current landscape
- Evaluate what data is necessary to answer a particular geologic question
- Work constructively and collaboratively with others in challenging field environments and to break a complex problem into simpler, individually achievable tasks
- Synthesize multiple lines of evidence and multiple sources of data to support geologic hypotheses
- Bring a geological perspective to discussions of social issues
- Use an earth systems perspective to integrate understanding of geologic processes across disciplines.
- Think and extrapolate across a broad range of temporal and dimensional scales.
- Explain geologic information at a level appropriate to the audience, communicating scientific information through verbal and written presentations of data, graphics, and maps.
- Develop the ability to read and understand geologic literature and to create original research reports.
- Assess the effects of human activity on the natural environment.
Plan of Study
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Geology of the American West
Discover the fundamentals of geology by exploring and explaining the world around you. In this class we use examples from the Pacific Northwest, the Colorado Plateau, and the Wasatch Mountains to understand the forces that have shaped our planet’s past and continue to shape it today.
Geological Research Methods
This course combines abbreviated classroom time with extended day, weekend, or semester break field excursions that will give you the opportunity to collect samples, make your own maps, and put into practice the concepts that we learn in the classroom.