Major in Geoscience

You Belong Here

You love making new discoveries. You’re curious about the world around you and the planet we call home. You want to learn more about our natural resources --- how to conserve them and use them wisely. Geoscience may be the major for you.


Degree options: BA or BS in Geoscience

Why UC?

The major in geoscience is a broad, interdisciplinary program comprising geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and environmental science. UC’s expert faculty provides an extremely well-rounded understanding of the Earth and its complex systems, preparing students for a broad range of professions that address global environmental issues and related challenges. Learn more about UC’s geoscience faculty here.

Learn more about UC's geoscience faculty.

What You’ll Learn

The geoscience major offers two degree options:

  • The Bachelor of Science option is designed to prepare students to work in applied earth and environmental science or pursue graduate studies in geoscience or related disciplines. A capstone experience such as a field course, directed research, or internship will be required of students receiving the B.S. to integrate liberal and professional study.
  • The Bachelor of Arts option is designed to provide substantial breadth in science preparation by also including coursework in biology, environmental issues, and astronomy, allowing students greater flexibility in tailoring the degree to meet their needs and interests.

Both degree programs offer students the benefit of an impressive suite of advanced instrumentation. Field study opportunities are enhanced by the College's proximity to a variety of earth and environmental resources, such as the Utica marsh, the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, and the Great Lakes region.

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Relative to other fields of employment, the Bureau of Labor projects job opportunities in hydrology and environmental science will grow much faster than average.


A Degree that Works

Graduates of UC's geoscience program enter an expanding market for their skills, with above average job growth predicted for positions in hydrology and environmental science. Geoscience majors are also prepared for careers in oil and gas exploration and development, resource management, and education.

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