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Environmental geology, like hydrogeology, is a science applying the practical principles of geology to solve of environmental problems. It is a multidisciplinary field that is closely related to engineering geology and, to a lesser extent, to environmental geography. The course work is similar to the hydrogeology emphasis, but does not meet the threshold  for graduate school requirements.

The career options available are much the same, and this background is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in land conservation and environmental law. These folks most often find themselves in work related to pollution clean-up, environmental policy making and reduction of industry waste.

For the year 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a median salary of $67,500 for environmental scientists. They project a job field growth of 11% for the period of 2014-24, the fastest rate of growth for any of the geoscience fields. 



See specific details about our majors and minors.

Environmental science, comprehensive

60 credits

Geology core requirements

23-25 credits

  • One of four 100-level geology courses
  • Mineralogy and Petrology I
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Computers in Geology
  • Field Geology I
  • Chemical Principles

See the course catalog for the most recent requirements and courses.

Additional requirements

30-32 credits

  • Earth Resources
  • Water Resources
  • Hydrogeology I
  • Structural Geology or Earth History
  • Geomorphology or Glacial Geology
  • Hydrogeology II
  • Conservation Biology or a 300-level Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Calculus I

plus additional electives to total 60 credits

Interested in changing majors or declaring a geology major?

See this page for all of the 4-year degree plans and links to other relevant information. Please contact the Department of Geology through the information provided below for more information about becoming a major, or changing majors within the program.

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