Geological Sciences

Geological sciences’ faculty members are engaged in research on the geology and paleontology of the Appalachian and Rocky mountains, Asia and elsewhere. They collaborate with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and other international organizations.  Research scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, environmental firms, the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies in the Washington, D.C., area augment the full-time faculty, providing a broad capability for education and hands-on training.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related majors include anthropology, archaeology, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, economics, hominid paleobiology and physics.

What can I expect to learn in the Geological Sciences program at GW?

The program equips students with knowledge about a broad range of geological topics, including mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and applied environmental applications, all with an emphasis on field-based studies. Students graduate from the program with an understanding of the complex structure of the Earth and the processes operating within the atmosphere, oceans and solid Earth.

What is the Geological Sciences community like at GW?

An increasingly popular major in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the geological sciences attract students with a variety of interests in the physical and environmental sciences, including mineral science, hydrology, geochemistry, paleontology and volcanology.

What can I do in the Geological Sciences field?

Many students majoring in the geological sciences continue in graduate programs in geology or environmental science. Others find employment in energy resource development, basic geological research or the environmental sector.

Research Internships

Geology majors often participate in geological internships and undertake theses. These allow them to work directly with faculty members as they undertake significant research projects that typically lead to publication and/or presentations at professional meetings.

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