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Mercyhurst University Bachelor of Arts in Geology
Mercyhurst University

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

Erie, USA

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Geology is the study of the Earth and how it works. Specifically, geologists seek to answer questions as diverse as, How did this mountain form? and When will this volcano erupt again? to How do we provide clean drinking water? Geologists work at the interface between human-kind and the Earth, and are on the front line in solving a multitude of energy and environmental issues. Geologists use knowledge of math, chemistry, physics, and biology to answer these questions and gain first-hand experience working in the field. Graduates are employed by governments, oil and mining companies, and environmental firms.

Students majoring in Geology will be preparing themselves to take an active role in the utilization of the earth's resources while protecting its fragile environment. Course work involves hands-on use of modern laboratory equipment and extensive projects out in the field. The faculty combines the use of small class sizes and abundant travel opportunities with a commitment to involving students in ongoing geological projects that involve both local and far-ranging locales. The curricula are designed with three primary objectives:

  • Prepare students for entry level employment with consulting and engineering companies that concentrate on environmental problems.
  • Prepare students for entry level employment in federal, state, and municipal environmental agencies.
  • Prepare students that enter graduate programs in the branch of geology of their choosing in preparation for university teaching or upper level employment with private companies or governmental agencies.
  • The Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Geology or Geology. To be recommended for graduation, students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA in their major concentration. A student also must earn a grade of at least C in any Geology course that is taken to fulfill a degree requirement. One must earn at least a D in each required cognate.

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