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Comprehensive General Emphasis

Preparing you for the future

General geology graduates find that they have many employment opportunities, as well as an excellent preparation for graduate school in either geology or engineering. Many general geology graduates work as geologists for environmental consulting firms conducting site investigations, helping clients prevent unforeseen environmental impacts, and collecting data to inform client decisions. Graduates of the comprehensive geology general emphasis also work in the mineral exploration, mining, and petroleum industries, as well as other industries needing geology expertise.

The career outlook for geoscientists is pretty bright, according to national data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that for geoscientists equipped with a bachelor's degree, the median salary was $89,700 in 2015. For geology related fields, they also project a faster than average growth rate of 10%  for  2014-24. 

General emphasis, 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.

Other required courses

plus other electives to total 60 credits 

  • Minerology & Petrology II
  • Hydrogeology I
  • Structural Geology
  • Earth History
  • Field Geology II
  • Calculus II
  • General Physics I or University Physics I
  • Geographic Information Systems

Career path dreams come true

Geology at UW-Eau Claire offers a variety of research and internship opportunities that help our graduates secure jobs in the field. Hear one recent graduate's story of how she was able to succeed.

Sam's story

What sorts of jobs await?

The arena that opens up for graduates of this program is simply too large to fully describe, but here are a few exciting careers available to graduates in comprehensive general geology:

  • Mining geologist
  • Exploration geologist
  • Mine captain
  • Geological engineer
  • Petroleum geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental manager
  • Geologist with Department of Natural Resources

 For a more complete list of job and career paths taken by our graduates, see What can I do with a major in Geology?

The internship I received as a result of the Responsible Mining Initiative not only gave me invaluable real-world experience but also provided a stepping stone that led to a job offer before my graduation.

Nick Matula, '2015 Geology

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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