Geology majors study a wide variety of topics that include materials of the earth (minerals and rocks) and processes that affect them, as well as the evolution of life and its relationship to earth materials and processes. These Earth processes include volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, and ground and surface water migration. Geology majors utilize their knowledge to identify and assess environmental hazards such as ground and surface water contamination, land surface stability, and volcanic and earthquake activity. Knowledge of earth processes also helps majors understand the formation, occurrence, and extraction of natural resources such as water, oil and gas, and valuable minerals and metals.
Geology is an outstanding field of study for students who enjoy blending the outdoor physical environment with science. Geology majors are deeply concerned about environmental issues and resources and their impact on society. Thus they have chosen to do more than just talk about such issues; they have decided to focus their careers towards actually solving these “real world” issues.
Austin Peay is a great place to major in geology. It has excellent faculty dedicated solely to undergraduate students. Classes in geology are generally small, and geology majors get the full attention of the faculty. The faculty are experts in a wide variety of geologic disciplines and routinely publishes their research in nationally and internationally recognized scientific journals.
Geology students at Austin Peay State University have an opportunity for close collaboration with faculty, which is not often seen at larger universities with graduate programs. Student research is a high priority in the geology program and faculty actively involve students in their research. APSU geology majors commonly undertake research projects and present and publish the results of their research. The geosciences program has state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and equipment; such as a scanning electron microscope, ground penetrating radar, and petrographic microscopes.
The geology program keeps in close contact with its alumni and has an excellent history of helping its recent graduates obtain jobs.
With consultation of a faculty advisor, our program prepares students for jobs in the geological sciences in private industry, state and federal government, teaching, or for entrance into graduate school in the geosciences. Our graduates are successfully employed locally, regionally and nationally in the environmental and geotechnical fields, as well as in the exploration or production of natural resources.
The Bachelor of Geosciences degree with a concentration in geology prepares students for state licensure to practice geology. Geology graduates from APSU are well prepared for graduate studies where they can pursue advanced careers in fields such as petroleum, economic, and ground water geology; or as a research scientist.
Jack Deibert, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology
For more information on studying geology at APSU, follow this link to the Geosciences Department website.
Follow this link for a listing of possible careers for geosciences majors.