Calloway 148 • 678-839-6479
with Programs in Geology, Earth Science and Geography
D. Bush, C. Hollabaugh (Chair), R. Kath, J. Seong
J. Mayer, A. Walter
C. Berg, B. Deline, G. DeWeese, H. Gerhardt, H. Kim, S. Rose, K. Tefend
Geology is the study of the earth. Geologists explore worldwide for vital supplies of water, oil, gas, coal, kaolinite, gold, aluminum, and other natural resources. We strive to balance the exploration for these essential materials with the related goal of maintaining or improving the environmental quality of the earth. To accomplish these goals, geologists study the origin and evolution of the earth and the physical, chemical and biological processes which have produced minerals, rocks, and fossils within and on the surface of the earth.
Geography is the study of place and is both a social science and a natural science. It is an integrative discipline which attempts to understand the location, distribution, and interrelationships of man-made (cultural) and physical (natural) phenomena over the earth's surface. Modern geography, therefore, is a spatial science, and the activity of the modern geographer is spatial analysis.
The Department of Geosciences emphasizes field-oriented education, close student-faculty interaction, and shared utilization of all equipment. Students work closely with faculty members on independent student projects and on faculty-sponsored research, and many students present their research findings at state, regional, and national conferences.
Five degree plans are offered in the Department of Geosciences. The B.S. Degree in Geology is designed for students planning professional careers as geologists either with or without a graduate degree. The B.S. Degree with an Engineering Option is designed for students who want to combine their geologic training with a degree in Engineering. The B.S. Degree in Earth Science prepares and certifies students for teaching careers. Two degree options are available in the Geography program: the B.A. Degree in Human Geography, and the B.S. Degree in Physical Geography prepare students for careers in geography and related fields.
Geology, Earth Science, and Geography graduates are well-prepared for immediate employment in the private sector; for employment in government service at the local, state or federal level; for teaching careers; or for continued study in graduate school.