Many courses emphasize climate and biogeochemistry; this concentration is a good one for students interested in quantitative approaches to environmental science. Students take a basic suite of geoscience courses and at least 4 bio courses of their choosing, plus some supporting math and science courses; the AB degree requires a total of 14 courses and the ScB degree requires a total of 19, including one semester of research. There is a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and on practice in communication. 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 determining the history of climate change during the recent ice age, investigating the causes of major extinctions, and using paleoenvironmental records to determine the vulnerability of different regions of the globe to droughts and other processes that strongly affect society.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the history of the earth and its development across geological time
  • Comprehend interrelations of biological and geological processes
  • Learn to formulate a scientific problem
  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 14  14 
2017 12  12 
2019 4

Alumni Pathways

Geology-Biology concentrators can find a variety of employment opportunities with their undergrad degree, including the private sector (eg environmental consulting firms), government (research positions at state and US Geological Surveys, EPA, national labs), 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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