The best way to learn about geology is to get out and see it. As a geology major at Marietta you'll travel all over the Central Appalachian Mountains studying mountainous terrain, rock types, and geological structures first-hand. Major fossil-hunting expeditions to Utah and Colorado -- along with digs in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana -- provide even more opportunities to pursue field research with professionals. Back on campus, you'll have the additional resources and support of our nationally recognized petroleum engineering program and our environmental science program, as well as the Geology Department's extensive collection of research materials and lab equipment.
Geology majors complete a field- or laboratory-based research project modeled on the thesis required for a Master's of Science degree in Geology. Students propose a project focused within a subdiscipline of geology that they plan to pursue after graduation. In completing this project, the student will have a greater potential to "hit the ground running" in their subsequent graduate or professional careers. Student work is independent and self-driven, but students work closely with a geology professor as project adviser and mentor. Students complete a series of written assignments, oral presentations, and poster sessions that culminate in the writing of a comprehensive report of their findings.
All geology majors take the following courses:
- Physical Geology
- Historical Geology
- Earth Resources
- Mineralogy and Petrology
- Core Analysis Laboratory
- Senior Capstone Course: a supervised internship with a public or private agency in geology or a related field of earth science
Additional geology electives plus courses in chemistry, English, mathematics, and computer science are also required.
Requirements for a Minor
Geology 101 or 111, 112, 201, and six hours chosen from any other advanced course with departmental approval, 1 hour chosen from 306, 395, or 396.
Clubs & Organizations
The Geological Society of Marietta College promotes the study of geology by regularly sponsoring field trips. It is open to all students, faculty, and community members.
You'll find our graduates working in a variety of research positions for major corporations and government agencies. Some of these include:
Aerospace Education Specialist, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Cape Canaveral, FL
Geologist, British Petroleum
Senior Staff Geophysicist, Mitchell Energy
The Woodlands, TX
Physical Scientist, Defense Mapping Agency
Research Faculty, Arizona State University
Environmental Analyst, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Graduate Student, Miami University of Ohio
The Paul Fulton Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to students majoring in petroleum engineering or geology and provide support for student research projects.
The Warren G. Steel/Dwayne D. Stone Scholarship provides financial assistance to geology majors demonstrating financial need.