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Geological Sciences

What Can I Do With a Major in Geological Sciences?

Geology, the science of Earth, is concerned with understanding Earth materials, processes active on and within the Earth, and understanding the way these have interacted through time.  Geoscientists are involved in a wide range of activities, including studies of Earth materials and processes; exploration and development of energy, mineral, and water resources; understanding and protecting the environment; examining the human-Earth interaction, and study of Earth’s moon and other planets.

Graduates of a Geological Sciences program work in careers with government agencies (e.g. geological surveys and environmental protection agencies), and the geotechnical, environmental, mining, and energy industries. Geosciences professionals search for energy resources, minerals and water, predict natural hazards, contribute to land use management, provide input to engineers on building roads, bridges and tunnels, and teach about planet Earth in high schools, colleges and universities. Graduates need to think critically and independently, evaluate scientific information, and collect, organize and present data using appropriate technologies. Most geoscience jobs involve different combinations of field, laboratory, and office work and require written and/or oral reports on the completed project as well as computer work.

Visit CCSU’s Geological Sciences Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations



Earth Science Teacher

Environmental Scientist




Geotechnical Engineer



Mining Geologist



Planetary Scientist


Soil Scientist

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

American Astronomical Society

American Geological Institute

American Geophysical Union

American Institute of Professional Geologists

American Metrological Society

Association for Women Geoscientists

Geological Society of America

National Association for Black Geologists and Geophysicists

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

The Oceanography Society

US Geological Survey

To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.