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Come study geology in the land of Mount St. Helens, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and the mighty Pacific Ocean!

The study of geology can take you from mountaintops to the bottom of the ocean, from the study of cataclysmic supervolcano eruptions to the slow creep of tectonic plates, from millions of years in the past to forecasting the planet’s future. Whether you’re interested in mineral resources, earthquake hazards or geochemistry, the landscape can be your laboratory. Our geology option in the undergraduate earth sciences major focuses on the Earth as an integrated system, and includes an emphasis on experiential learning. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Explore the degree

Geology Curriculum (PDF on Box)

Degree Learning Outcomes

  • Each student will learn basic concepts in Earth Sciences in preparation for advanced training in the same. Areas include how the earth, ocean, and atmosphere work and interact.
  • Each student will develop quantitative literacy in techniques specific to the major and option.
  • Each student will learn applied practical skills in the discipline at a basic and advanced level through intensive experiential learning.

Experiential Learning

OSU Catalog

Meet the faculty

Our geologists rock! Meet our faculty.

Meet the Program Head Frank Tepley.

Learn about careers

A vibrant job market in geology reflects society's environmental concerns, needs for hazard mitigation, and world demand for resources including water, gas, oil and metals. Learn more about geology careers:  Why Geology?

Recent OSU geology graduates have gone on to be:

  • Civil engineering specialist, Montana Department of Transportation
  • Geologist, FEMA
  • Field technician, GeoEngineers Inc.
  • Ph.D. candidate, UC Davis
  • Geologist, USGS