Majors and Minors


Geological Sciences (Geology) majors learn basic concepts and facts about the composition, structure and history of the earth. They also receive training in current laboratory skills. Geologists analyze earth components, including rock formations, minerals, volcanoes, fossils, sediments, subsurface layers, glaciers and more. They search for and develop natural resources, including groundwater, minerals, petroleum, coal, and gas. Geologists use remote sensing satellite data and advanced image processing to map various types of habitat and vegetation; to monitor urban sprawl; to study ocean variables such as currents, chlorophyll concentrations, temperature, wave heights, and surface winds; to study coastal regions, monitoring erosion and sediment transport, as well as mapping vegetation; and to monitor damage from natural hazards such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Geologists use seismographic instruments and drilling to study subsurface earth layers and use seismometers to measure earthquake intensity and locations. They use instruments to study the earth's gravity and magnetic field. They conduct geological surveys and construct field maps. Geologists work in construction projects, particularly dams and tunnels. They are also in great demand as environmental scientists, working in various positions to preserve and clean up the environment, as well as in geological-specific jobs such as assessing environmental impact in mining and excavating. Hydrogeology is a high-demand subspecialty in geology involving studying and managing various aspects of groundwater.


Graduates are employed in a variety of jobs, including field work for natural resource companies (oil, minerals, gas); environmental scientist positions, particularly (but not limited to) the areas of water resources, soil characterization, bore hole studies, well installation, mining and excavation; research work in industry and federal agencies; work in state geological surveys; work in major construction projects, and teaching.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Geology major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

For more information, contact:
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, SI 219
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2440