Geology Major: Hydrogeology/Environmental Geology Concentration

Why study hydrogeology and environmental geology at CMU?

The geology program at CMU offers the training that students need to get started in this exciting field. Program course work, modern learning resources, and required fieldwork and research experiences prepare students for graduate school and geology-related careers. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:

  • An undergraduate-only department that facilitates small class sizes and significant student-faculty interaction
  • Opportunities to conduct original research with faculty mentors
  • Field trips to local, regional, and international locations, such as sites throughout the Great Lakes region, Virginia, New York, Ireland, Australia, and more
  • Professional development, resources, and contacts through student organizations such as CMU Geology Club and Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Science Honor Society

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of environmental scientists is expected to grow about nine to 17 percent and employment of hydrologists should grow 18 to 26 percent.
  • Job opportunities will be spurred by a continued awareness regarding the need to monitor the quality of the environment, to interpret the impact of human actions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and to develop strategies for restoring ecosystems.
  • Graduates with a master's degree may have the best opportunities for careers in the geosciences.

Career options

Graduates of the geology program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Elementary or Secondary Teacher
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Museum Scientist
  • Science Policy Advisor

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