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Geology

The Bachelor of Science in geology at the University of Mount Union provides students a unique opportunity to study natural and physical characteristics of Earth in relation to meeting the demands of the 21st Century. Through a holistic education that focuses on hands-on learning experiences, students will explore a variety of topics, including the history of the Earth and life, plate tectonics, earth materials, hydrology, sedimentology, natural resources, and environmental issues. Following four years of study, our students emerge ready to carry out a successful and rewarding career in the geosciences.

Geology Major Quick Facts

The geology degree requires 50 credit hours, as well as 32 credits fulfilling the University’s general education program, the Integrative Core. 

Students working toward a geology degree can gain real-world experience in and out of the classroom, including: 

  • Opportunities for internships
  • Independent research with peers or faculty
  • Field trips in and around northeastern Ohio, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth of 16 percent is expected in the field through 2022.

Mount Union’s geology program was ranked #6 in Ohio and #12 in the Great Lakes region as a best value in College Factual’s 2018 rankings.


Curriculum

As a geology major at Mount Union, you will study the physical features of Earth, including the surface (processes, sediments, water, and environments) and large-scale processes (plate tectonics, structures, climate). Many courses opportunities to examine geology in the real world through a variety of field trips, both local and regional, and laboratory learning. As a program with a liberal arts tradition, our courses also emphasize a necessary, holistic approach to learning about Earth processes and include the basics of other natural sciences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the formation of a suite of common rocks, rock-forming minerals, and geologic structures.
  • Students will be able to correctly interpret topographic and geologic maps and cross sections.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to read, write, and speak cogently using the language of geology.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform geological research by applying the scientific method; identify and locate existing geologic information; collecting and analyzing observations and data, make viable interpretations and communicate results orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will be employable in geology-related fields or be able to further their education in graduate programs, after graduation.

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