What is Geology?
In this program, you will study the evolution, composition, and forces
acting upon and within the earth. To acquire the necessary foundation
in the field, you will take various courses in chemistry, physics, and
mathematics. You can also take historical and physical geology courses
to learn about the solids, liquids, and gases which make up the earth;
about rock, mineral, and fossil identification; and about plate
tectonics, and geological time.

Geology is the study of the Earth and its 4.5 billion-
year history. As such, it unites and enhances the utility of the other
natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) in our quest to
understand life, the planet and the universe. Only through the
systematic geological study of our planet can we hope to understand and
predict the major events that influence our lives, including climatic
variation, nutrient availability, rapid extinction, seismicity and
volcanism. Geology also guides the unending quest for natural resources
including ores, minerals, energy and water, and constrains the
distribution, fate and remediation of natural and man-made
contaminants. Our program prepares its graduates for graduate school,
careers in academia, research, teaching and consulting, and as informed
citizens, capable of critically analyzing scientific issues and
related policies.

Working in Geology
Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Success

  • Strong interest in science and understanding how the earth was formed
  • Enjoy being and working in the outdoors
  • Like travelling to remote locations
  • Be logical and have good reasoning ability
  • Be skilled in problem solving
  • Be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing

Click HERE for a table on Career Areas, Employers, and Strategies for Employment

Sample Job Titles

Environmental Scientist
Marine Engineer
Mining Engineer


Learning More About Geology

  • Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library

    • Great Jobs for Geology Majors
  • Visit the SLU Geology Department website
  • Check out Geology course descriptions in the Catalog
  • Talk with a professor in Geology about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
  • Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
  • Get connected with SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.

Additional Resources

Related Majors and Minors at SLU
Environmental Studies
Geology-Physics interdisciplinary