JMU Major: Geology
The geology major offers specialized study focusing on earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history and appreciation of geology to environmental and engineering issues. The program provides a strong theoretical background in geology while allowing you flexibility in choosing courses to prepare for a specific career in the geological sciences. Graduates have attained employment as geologists and environmental scientists, as well as entry into prestigious graduate schools.
The major prepares you to collect data in the field and laboratory on minerals, rocks, fossils, landforms and structures; properly use field and laboratory equipment; and construct accurate geologic maps and displays of geologic data. Geology Title use geologic data to write interpretive geological reports and histories of regions; solve environmental and economic geological problems, and critically evaluate the theories and conclusions of other earth and environmental scientists. You will have the opportunity to engage in research with a diverse and professionally active faculty.
Environmental and Engineering Geology
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the geology and environmental science major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Geology and Environmental Science department head in Memorial Hall, room 7125.
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.