Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor
Study the Earth, its composition, structure and physical elements. Discover more about the Earth’s past and present, and make predictions about its future. Become a professional in the field of geology.
Your love for the beauty and wonder of our natural world may be drawing you to the field of geology. Study God’s natural creation, including rocks, minerals, water, fossils, economic resources, caves, oceans and the atmosphere. Almost any subject related to our planet Earth connects with geology.Your degree program in Geological Sciences at Olivet is a balance of theory, laboratory skills and techniques, extensive field experiences and research. A wide background of study prepares you for a variety of careers in industry, government and education. Olivet is one of only three Christian universities offering a recognized major in geological sciences. Find everything you need for classroom learning and research at Olivet.
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Field work is key in geological sciences. The best geologists are those who have seen the most diverse geological settings. At Olivet, you will have many opportunities for discovery and learning in the field. Most of our courses include multi-day field trips to geologically important regions, such as Canada, the Appalachian Mountains and locations in Illinois and adjacent states. Two-week field trips to locations in the Southwest provide a variety of sites for additional learning.Most courses also include a significant lab component using our excellent collections of rocks, minerals, fossils and maps. Putting knowledge to workACCA (Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas) Student Symposium: Design and do an independent research project, prepare an abstract and then give an oral presentation of your results at this annual symposium.Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program with the National Science Foundation (NSF): Active research opportunities at major universities for undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Recently, Olivet students participated in research experiences at Vanderbilt University and Baylor University.Two research options offered by Olivet for science and mathematics students:
Olivet Geological Society: Established in 1995, this group provides you and other geological sciences students with activities that have a geological and Christian emphasis. Be part of field trips to state parks in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, and the prairie restoration project at nearby Perry Farm.GeoCorps America: This is a program of The Geological Society of America, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service. It offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Project areas include: geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, education, interpretation and more. Positions are divided into three major categories: Standard, Guest Scientist and Diversity Internships. Careers
A career in geological sciences might be right for you, if you:
Demand for geologists continues to be strong and will grow stronger as the economy improves. Increasing environmental concerns; government regulations; and crises in energy, water, natural hazards and mineral resources are driving the demand for geology professionals.Be prepared to interface with a variety of industries and businesses, such as insurance companies, real estate firms, sales companies, manufacturers and many more. They will value your expertise in analysis and knowledge about the Earth.Possible careers include: consultant, professor, paleontologist, mineralogist, hydrogeologist, hydrologist, marine geologist, oceanographer, paleoecologist, petroleum geologist, planetary geologist, sedimentologist, soil scientist, stratigrapher, structural geologist, volcanologist, research geologist, seismologist, exploration geologist, atmospheric scientist, economic geologist, environmental geologist, geochemist, geochronologist, geologist, geomorphologist, geophysicist, glacial geologist, museum scientist, attorneyPossible employers include: environmental service companies; water resource development companies; engineering firms; oil, gas and mining companies; federal and state government agencies; private consulting companies; museums; state and national parks; public and private schools; universities and collegesGeological Sciences is part of the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.