Department of Geosciences
What can I do with a degree in Geosciences?
Many geoscientists are employed in environmental, engineering and resource management services that use Geographic Information Systems/mapping and remote sensing applications. About 20 percent of geoscientists work for oil and gas extraction companies or metal mining companies. One in seven is self-employed; most consult for industry and government.
The federal government employs about 6,000 geoscientists, mostly with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). More than 3,000 geoscientists work for state agencies such as Utah Geological Survey or Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Many teach Earth science in public and private schools.
What will I learn?
When you study geosciences, you will learn about the Earth's origin, composition and evolution through time, as well as the processes that affect the Earth and the Earth's past life forms. Many geoscience applications use computer technology, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, numerical models of groundwater flow and contamination and surface water flow models for mapping the Earth and understanding the processes that affect the planet. You will have a number of hands-on opportunities with WSU's own water well and sampling equipment, remote sensing and geographic information systems laboratory and field trips to examine the spectacular geology throughout Utah.
- Bachelor’s degree (major and minor)
Geosciences majors may choose from seven emphases:
- Earth Science Teaching
- Applied Environmental Geoscience
- Physical Science Composite Teaching
- Geospacial Analysis (minor only)
- Geomatics/Applied Mapping Sciences (certificate only)
- BIS emphasis
What is the application process?
Although there is no application deadline, we encourage you to apply early and register for classes. Contact the Department of Geosciences for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.