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Can you dig it?

Is science your thing? Do you prefer to be and work outdoors as much as you can? Are you concerned for the environment and natural resources? And are you just generally curious about nature? If you said yes to any or all of those questions, the study of geology might very well be the right fit for you.

Geology is defined as the scientific study of the origin, history and structure of the earth, and nearly everything we utilize each day has something to do with the earth. We rely on clean water for healthy life and recreation, and protecting water resources and the environment is a core aspect of geology. Also, our lives require daily use of energy and minerals, and geological science is of paramount importance in locating resources, extracting them from the earth efficiently and having the least possible impact on the environment.

This all sounds pretty dramatic, right? Well, in many ways it is.

You are about to explore a website that will demonstrate fully how the study of geology is necessary to understand and protect the earth and the resources on which our lives depend. Blugolds are making use of this understanding every day in their studies here and in geoscience careers.

"Dig It" Newsletter

Photo of Geology students hiking
Geology majors Bryanna Rayhorn (left) and Lindsey Henricks spent their summer living on a mountain range above the Arctic Circle while working for the geological consulting firm in northern Alaska.

Exploring New Terrain

Blugold geology majors Bryanna and Lindsey recently worked for a geological consulting firm in northern Alaska, where they created new geologic maps, collected soil samples and surveyed the area with senior geologists.

Read more about their experiences in Alaska

The geology program has so much to offer — from challenging and exciting courses, to student-faculty research, to in-depth field trips and a family feel. I am so happy with my decision to major in geology!

Haillie Passow Hydrogeology and Water Chemistry
Geology research British Columbia
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