The geosciences are highly interdisciplinary, thus students must take some supporting math and science courses. Geoscience courses emphasize a process-oriented approach, with hands-on experiences in labs and on field trips. There is a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and on practice in communication. Students may choose an AB (total of 13 courses) or an ScB (19 total courses, including one semester of research). There are many opportunities for students to do research work (typically in paid positions) during the academic year or in the summer, in areas such as deformation and properties of geological materials, deciphering the geologic history of some local rocks, or analysis of planetary images.
Geological science involves the study of the Earth (and other planetary bodies), including their compositions and histories and the physical chemical and biological processes that shape them.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the history of the earth and its development across geological time
- Comprehend interrelations of biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes
- Learn to formulate a scientific problem
- Develop the ability to analyze geological data
- Acquire advanced skills in speaking and writing
- Produce an original research project
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Geological Sciences concentrators can find a variety of employment opportunities with their undergrad degree, including the private sector (eg environmental and energy consulting firms), government (state and US Geological Surveys, EPA), academic (research internships at universities, teaching at private schools, museums, outdoor education centers, TFA), and non-profits (community and national organizations). 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.
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