The best way to learn about geology is to get out and see it. At Marietta, you will travel all over the Central Appalachian Mountains studying terrain, rock types and geological structures firsthand. 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.

As a senior, you will complete and present an independent field- or laboratory-based research project similar to that required for a Master of Science degree. The project allows you to collaborate closely with a geology professor as project advisor and mentor. Your work will focus on an area that you plan to pursue after graduation, giving you a head start on your future plans.