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 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:

  • U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • Masters program in geophysics at the University of Kentucky
  • Hydrogeologist, South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control
  • Masters program in petrology at SUNY, Binghamton
  • Staff Geologist at Teracon
  • Masters of Education program at NKU


There are several paid internship opportunities available in the region. Current and recent internships are listed below. Interested students can contact Dr. John Rockaway for more information.

  • The Cincinnati Museum Center: research assistant, outreach
  • Terracon: field testing, lab testing, soil & rock core sampling
  • The U.S. EPA
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • The Kentucky Geological Survey
  • The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Ohio Geological Survey
  • Split Rock Conservation Park

Program Contact Information

Dr. John Rockaway
Program Director,