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Department of Geological Sciences

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Athens, OH 45701

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Environmental Geology  

The mission of the Department of Geological Sciences is to advance our understanding of the processes that formed and now modify the Earth through forefront research. We provide students of all disciplines with an introduction to problem solving, critical thinking, and basic concepts using the earth sciences to show how modern observations can be extended into deep time. We prepare our undergraduate majors with a solid foundation in the discipline for use in their subsequent life, work or advanced studies; and impart to our graduate students a high level of knowledge, skills, and professionalism that enable them to advance their careers in pure and applied geological sciences.

Career Opportunities

Most employment in geoscience is offered by the private sector, particularly those industries involved in the exploration and production of energy and mineral resources. In fact, the petroleum industry is currently experiencing a period of growth and is actively seeking geologists for entry-level positions. Private environmental consulting firms also employ large numbers of geologists needed to evaluate present and future problems involving ground water supplies. Geologists are also employed by federal and state governmental agencies who are concerned with issues such as the development of ground water and the solutions to a wide variety of environmental and engineering problems. Some of the agencies include the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, the Division of Water Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. For more information, go to


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Environmental Geology

Geological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.