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B.S. in Geology, Environmental Geology

Students of Geology – Environmental Geology at Colorado State University develop expertise in surface and shallow subsurface processes that shape the Earth and provide critical soil and water resources and services for human and natural use.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Graduates of Geology – Environmental Geology at Colorado State University will be prepared for careers that address environmental implications of geological process and human activities.

The curriculum emphasizes courses spanning the fundamentals of geology, surface, and shallow subsurface processes, field-based research methodologies, and environmental geosciences.

The concentration empowers students to pursue positions with public, private, and nonprofit organizations that address environmental/natural resource management issues, regulatory agency activities, hazard identification and mitigation, and fundamental scientific investigations that can inform natural resource policy and decision making to advance the sound stewardship of natural resources.

The curriculum also provides a strong foundation for those planning to continue on to graduate studies in geosciences and other environmental disciplines.

Potential Occupations

Many opportunities exist for geology graduates in the private and public sectors within a wide range of societally important and satisfying careers.

Environmental management, energy resources, water resource and management, construction services, mining, power generation, computer software, and many other industries employ geoscientists in exploration, development, production, communications, building, management, and research.

Federal agencies employ geoscientists for resource mapping and assessment, oil-gas-coal-groundwater-geothermal resource evaluation and development, resource and environmental water studies, leasing and conservation, resource restoration and rehabilitation, hazards assessment and mitigation, regulatory activities, national defense, and basic and applied research.

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“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • Mineralogy
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Calculus for Physical Scientists
  • Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Structural Geology
  • Geologic Field Methods

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