About the Department
Geology is the science of the Earth - including its structure, dynamics, and history at many scales of inquiry. Geoscientists provide a unique perspective using science and mathematics to solve problems affecting society locally, regionally, and globally.. The department has a low faculty to student ratio providing students with the opportunity to actively participate in faculty-mentored geoscience research. The department is home to the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, the Lowcountry Hazards Center, the Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory, the Mace Brown Natural History Museum, and the BEAMS Program in marine geology.
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science major, a Geology minor, and a broad array of topical and interdisciplinary elective courses in the geosciences. Students who complete a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree with a major in geology may tailor a program of study to better prepare themselves for a wide variety of opportunities in:
- Graduate study - our students have received graduate fellowships from top universities throughout the U.S.
- Geological exploration of energy, earth and water resources
- Geospatial technologies working for industry and government
- Environmental consulting firms and environmental regulatory agencies
- Natural hazard mitigation and water resources management
- Dinosaur paleontology and museum curation
- Interdisciplinary careers, such as, oceanography, national intelligence, and climate change