Calloway 148 • 678-839-6479
with Programs in Geology, Earth Science and Geography
D. Bush, C. Hollabaugh (Chair), R. Kath, J. Seong
H. Gerhardt, J. Mayer, A. Walter
C. Berg, B. Deline, G. DeWeese, J. Hong, 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 the interactions between people and places, local and global processes, and social and biophysical systems. It is an integrative discipline in which scholars endeavor to understand the role of humans in producing the social and biophysical worlds in which they live. Geographic knowledge can be applied to explain cultural and political conflicts, environmental policies and practices, human landscapes, and economic well-being. Modern geographical analysis typically involves cartographic and geospatial techniques (GIS) and both qualitative and quantitative methods.
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.
A range of 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. Four degree options are available under the B.S. Degree in Geography: Human Geography emphasizes on urban, political, economic, cultural, and social processes; Physical Geography concentrates on biological and geomorphological systems and atmospheric (weather and climate) processes; Environmental Geography focuses on the interactions between society and natural systems; and GIS concerns geospatial technologies and spatial analysis.
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.