Geology - Physics/Mathematics
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the history of the earth and its development across geological time
- Study physical processes and phenomena, applying scientific principles to understand the Earth
- Learn to formulate a scientific problem
- Develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
- Employ theoretical modeling to predict, or explain past, geologic events
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Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Almost all students undertake a capstone experience, which may include a summer field course, a senior seminar course, or an independent research course. ScB students are required to complete at least one semester of research; AB students do not have this requirement but many undertake a research course as an elective. Honors may be awarded to candidates for either an AB or ScB degree, if they have a GPA of 3.4 or higher in concentration courses and complete honors work in independent research (GEOL 1970). Honors research is supervised by one faculty member and the resulting thesis is read by two additional faculty. An oral presentation and a final paper, revised at least once, are required. Please consult the department’s website for a complete description of admission procedures and requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Experience scientific inquiry
- Work on your speaking and writing
GeoPhysics concentrators can find a variety of employment opportunities with their undergraduate degree, including the private sector (e.g. environmental and energy consulting firms), government (research positions at state and US Geological Surveys,PeaceCorps), academic (research internships and universities, teaching high school science), and non-profits (community and national organizations). Visit the Geological Sciences Alumni blog and see recent online alumni/ae newsletters. About half of all concentrators eventually go on for a professional or advanced degree, either in basic science or in one of the increasing number of interdisciplinary programs.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
Visit this DUG's website to learn more.
- Fatima Husain
- Nicholas O'Mara