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What is Geology?

Geologists investigate the history of the Earth, predict future geologic events, search for new sources of energy, water, and natural resources, and endeavor to protect the quality of the Earth’s environment. Earth is a complex system that has evolved over history and geologists attempt to understand the processes that drive these changes over time. Geologists commonly work on field-based research projects, many of which require very sophisticated lab analyses or high levels of computation, requiring the use of equipment such as electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and supercomputers, among other tools. 



Do my interests fit?

Geology students typically have interests in:

  • Outdoors
  • Problem-solving
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Working in the field/lab

High school preparation should include science and math courses, and earth sciences if offered.

What courses will I take?

Geology courses include:

  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentology
  • Introductory Field Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Geowriting
  • Depositional Systems & Stratigraphy
  • Field Geology - Capstone
What kind of career could I pursue?

Data Scientist
Environmental Lawyer
Geo-Technical Engineer
Marine Geologist
Petroleum Geologist
Petroleum Geophysicist
Planetary Scientist
Science Journalist

How can OU Geology help me?

The School of Geosciences prepares students for success in their professional careers by instilling knowledge, skills, confidence, and the ability to contribute to the wise stewardship of the earth and its resources. The curriculum is taught by exceptional faculty who prioritize providing hands-on learning through labs and field trips. Courses stress the fundamentals of science within a creative interdisciplinary environment with the freedom to specialize in a particular area of emphasis or take a more general approach. The School of Geosciences offers every undergraduate the opportunity to conduct independent research mentored by faculty and has state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories available for students to use in both classes and undergraduate research.  

Can I study abroad?

Geology students have the opportunity to study abroad through a variety of programs. 

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

School of Geosciences

Phone: (405) 325-3255