Geology

Geology students outside among rocks for a field study

Bachelor of Science
Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree

Overview

As a geology major, you’ll spend almost as much time in the field as you do in the classroom. You’ll explore some of the most spectacular geological landscapes in the country and use them as your guide as you learn how the Earth works.

Who It's For

The geology program is designed for students who are naturally curious about their surroundings. As you study geology, you will develop your knowledge and interpretive skills until you are able to see the Earth’s present landscape as evidence of its dynamic past.

Key Benefits

  • Westminster has the only liberal arts geology program set among the amazing landscapes of Utah’s deserts and mountains.
  • Frequent field study opportunities allow you to use the Earth itself to guide you in hands-on learning.
  • Exploration is at the heart of the geology program. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to develop your own questions and find your own answers. This exploration happens through field-based classes, summer field experiences, and undergraduate research opportunities.  Many of our students have presented the results of their research at regional and national conferences.
Geology students outside among rocks for a field study

About the Program

Geology majors begin by learning about the rocks and minerals that compose the Earth and what each of them can tell us about our planet’s past. In more advanced classes, geology majors explore the theories that let us understand that past in detail as well as make predictions about the future. Through various opportunities to spend time in the field, you'll be able to make the most of your geology education.

EXPLORE MORE AND MEET FACULTY

What You'll Learn

  • Synthesize multiple lines of evidence and multiple sources of data to support geologic hypotheses
  • Use an earth systems perspective to integrate an understanding of geologic processes across disciplines.
  • Evaluate data necessary to answer a particular question
  • Think and extrapolate across a broad range of temporal and dimensional scales
  • Work collaboratively to break a complex problem into simpler, individually achievable tasks
  • Work together constructively in challenging field environments
  • Explain geologic information at a level appropriate to the audience
  • Read and understand the geologic literature and create original research reports
  • Communicate scientific information through the verbal and written presentation of data, graphics, and maps
  • Assess the effects of human activity on the natural environment
  • Bring a geologic perspective to discussions of social issues

Plan of Study

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Sample Courses

Geology of the American West

Discover the fundamentals of geology by exploring and explaining the world around you. In this class we use examples from the Pacific Northwest, the Colorado Plateau, and the Wasatch Mountains to understand the forces that have shaped our planet’s past and continue to shape it today.

Geological Research Methods

This course combines abbreviated classroom time with extended day, weekend, or semester break field excursions that will give you the opportunity to collect samples, make your own maps, and put into practice the concepts that we learn in the classroom.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • National Park Service
  • Resource management
  • Mining and mine safety
  • Geological consulting
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Environmental enforcement

Related Programs

The program can be taken as a minor, which is a great addition to a degree in environmental studies, outdoor education and leadership, chemistry, or biology.


Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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