major is offered by the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences within the College
of Science & Mathematics.
Environmental and Engineering Geology
Admission and Progression Standards for this major:
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Geology is offered as a major and minor at JMU through
the Department of Geology and
Environmental Sciences. The major in Geology presents a high quality
program of 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 Geology program provides
a strong theoretical background in geology while allowing
the student flexibility in choosing courses to prepare
for a specific career in the geological sciences. Geology
majors are prepared 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 majors are also able to 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 geologists. The department also offers a BA in Earth Science.
me more about this field of study.
Geology is the study of the Earth. The composition,
structure and interior processes of the Earth are fundamental
to all areas of geology. Time and the evolution of the
Earth and life on Earth are unique aspects of science.
The study of Earth surface processes has recently become
one of the most dynamic sub-disciplines. Surface processes
are the processes that alter the surface of the Earth,
produce the landscape, and control the distribution
of water and soil resources. The Earth as a life support
system and the limitations of the earth are evolving
as major areas of effort for geologists. Geoscience
is the science of exploration, discovery, and Earth
stewardship. The geosciences address all issues relating
to Earth Systems, including the solid Earth, oceans,
and atmosphere. The major applications of the geosciences
are: exploration and responsible development of natural
resources (oil, gas, coal, minerals, construction aggregate,
water, soil), preservation of the natural environment,
restoration from environmental damage, mitigation of
geohazards such as earthquakes and landslides, and exploratory
research like the Mars space mission and understanding
El Niño. By addressing these issues and developing
solutions to problems affecting the Earth, geoscientists
act as stewards of the Earth. Though much has been learned
about the Earth through earth science, much more is
yet to be discovered, especially as new problems face
society, such as global climate change, advances in
technology, and exhaustion of energy and raw material
me more about specializations in this field.
The field of geology like other scientific disciplines
has grown so vast that no individual can function at
the cutting edge of all aspects of the science. Consequently,
virtually all geologists specialize in one or two sub-disciplines.
While the total number of areas of specialization is
quite large, most geologic effort is focused in a few
areas. Some of the more important of these are: fuels
geology (mainly petroleum and natural gas exploration),
geohydrology, environmental geology, regional studies,
soils, engineering geology, sedimentary systems, geophysics,
common major or minor combinations from other departments
complement this major?
Geology majors commonly acquire minors in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer
Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Geographic Studies, Integrated Science and
Technology, Mathematics, Materials Science, Physics,
or Urban and Regional Studies.
OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Our students are exposed to a greater variety of geologic
sub-disciplines than most undergraduates. Enthusiasm
for the subject, their clarity of expression on paper
and in speech, ability to work well with other people,
self-sufficiency, physical fitness and emphasis on the
quantitative aspects of the science and report writing
has added greatly to their success.
Many graduates choose typical career paths associated
with this major. However, some graduates choose nontraditional career fields that utilize skills and experiences developed
during their years in college. Keep in mind, that some
fields will require graduate study or further training.
The listing below offers examples of possible career
paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.