DEGREE AWARDED: B.A. or B.S. in Geology
Geologists provide essential information for answering questions such as what effects shrinking glaciers will have on the oceans and climate, where we can find new sources of useful earth materials or how we can develop energy resources with minimal environmental impact.
Geologists also study the causes of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, floods and landslides and plan how we can avoid or minimize their consequences.
The geology program at NKU offers B.S. and B.A. degrees, plus opportunities to conduct research and participate in internships.
Students pursuing a career in the field of geology or students planning to attend graduate school should complete the Bachelor of Science degree. The bachelor of Science in geology requires 50 semester hours of geology courses; a grade of C- or better must be earned in all courses counting toward the major. Additional requirements for the major include the chemistry, physics and mathematics courses.
Students interested in the application of geology in environmental studies may take courses emphasizing hydrogeology. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program, a minor is not required by the university. Upon completion of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree, students are eligible to take the Geologist Registrants in Training Exam, which is the first requirement towards professional registration.
Students graduating from the program have gone on to careers in geotechnical and environmental fields, to graduate programs around the country, and to work with state and federal government agencies such as:
There are several paid internship opportunities available in the region. Current and recent internships are listed below. Interested students can contact Sarah Johnson, Program Director, for more information.