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Bachelor Degrees in Geology, Geography

Nicholas Radko discusses what you can do with a degree in Geology from Georgia Southern University.
Students in the bachelor’s degree in geology or geography at Georgia Southern will not only receive hand-on training for their fields, they will also delve into subjects such as biology, chemistry, economics, international studies, and math and physics. This wide breadth of studies prepares our students for the rapidly changing world of geosciences – a job market which is expected to grow 10 percent by 2024, faster than most other markets.

An undergraduate degree in geology or geography prepares students for work in several fields. The Department’s senior thesis requirement for the Bachelor of Science degrees prepares students to conduct research, a skill sought by graduate schools and employers. About 50 percent of geology and geography graduates pursue advanced study.

Others may go into careers such as:

  • teaching
  • mining-exploration
  • environmental consulting
  • government agency work

Be sure to visit Georgia Southern’s Career Services Office where you can speak with a Career Development Specialist who is available to help you make informed life decisions.

Geology Program

Are you looking for a broad science education and an in-depth geological concentration? The Bachelor of Arts in Geology and Bachelor of Science in Geology degree programs are designed for you. Whether you’re looking for a science-focused degree (B.S.) or an arts-focused degree (B.A.), our Geology program options can move you forward to your career. Discover the core components of our program below to learn more.

Geological Setting

Georgia Southern is located approximately 40 miles inland from Savannah, Georgia and sits on Miocene deposits of the Hawthorne Formation of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Approximately eight miles east is a Pleistocene scarp, marking a highstand of the Atlantic Ocean. The Coastal Plain beneath Statesboro consists of approximately 4,000 feet of seaward dipping Cretaceous-Recent deposits, including the limestones of the Floridian Aquifer. Ecologically, Statesboro sits in the midst of Pine and Live Oak forests developed on the low relief ancient Pleistocene sea floor of a Pleistocene highstand. The area is drained by the nearby Ogeechee River and several of its tributaries.

The Ogeechee River

The Ogeechee River

Soft Rock Geology

Soft Rock Geology, the study of sedimentary rocks, includes stratigraphy, sedimentation, paleontology, hydrogeology, neotectonics, and aspects of economic and structural geology and geophysics. The Soft Rock program of the Department is centered around individual research projects of Dr.’s Kelly, Jackson, Reichard, Rich, and Trupe. Current topics of interest include Kaolin clay deposits, coastal sedimentation and processes, groundwater, science education, and palynology. The Soft Rock Research Training Laboratory has undergone renovation into a modern multimedia laboratory.

Hydrogeology with Dr. Reichard

Hydrogeology with Dr. Reichard

Hard Rock Geology

Hard Rock geology, the study of metamorphic and igneous rocks, includes mineralogy, optical mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and aspects of economic and structural geology and geophysics. The Hard Rock program of the Department is centered around individual research projects of Dr.’s Trupe and Vance. Current topics of interest include emplacement of gold deposits, hydrothermal alteration of granites, igneous processes, structure and tectonics of the Southeast. The Hard Rock Research Training Laboratory and Rock Preparation Facility have undergone renovation.

Economic Mineralogy Trip with Dr. Vance

Economic Mineralogy Trip with Dr. Vance

Paleontology

The faculty of the Department of Geology and Geography includes two palynologists, and a vertebrate paleontologist. Individual research efforts involve paleoecology, vertebrate paleontology, evolution of mammals, taphonomy, ichnology (the study of trace fossils), whale ecology, and local collecting.

Dr. Smith's students working on Ossabaw Island

Dr. Smith’s students working on Ossabaw Island

B.A. Geology Resources

*Specific requirements in geology may include field methods, mineralogy, petrology and sedimentology. Requirements vary for the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

B.S. Geology Resources

*Specific requirements in geology may include field methods, mineralogy, petrology and sedimentology. Requirements vary for the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

 


Geography Program

Whether you’re interested in an arts-based degree (B.A. in Geography) or a science-based degree (B.S. in Geography), you can pursue your goals in Georgia Southern University’s Geography degree program. Your professors are committed to your success, and your peers are here to push you forward. Discover how geography influences our program, starting with a broad science education and culminating in an in-depth focus on geography.

Human Geography

Human Geography focuses on patterns and processes of human interaction with the built environment and the causes and consequences of the spatial distribution of human activities on the Earth’s surface (e.g., migration, transportation systems, urbanization, socio-economic conditions, and tourism). The human geography program is mainly centered on the research interests of Dr. Wei Tu and Dr. Robert Yarbrough. Topics of current research projects include community geography, structural changes of the U.S. economy, geographies of human rights and social justice, the politics-of-place and identity construction, immigration studies, place and identity, critical social geographies, and spatial analysis of infectious diseases. Regional expertise covers Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.

Students on a field trip to Eucador

Students on a field trip to Ecuador

Physical Geography

Physical Geography focuses on the processes and patterns in the natural environment (e.g., global warming, land-use and land-cover change, water resources, deforestation, and soil erosion). The physical geography program of the Department is mainly centered on individual research projects of Dr. Mark Welford. Topics of current research projects include conservation, biogeography and geodynamics of Andean cloud forest; fluvial and hillslope geomorphology; biogeography of birds, natural hazards, and coastal risk assessment.

Luke Davis at Cotopaxi (~15750 ft), Ecuador.

Luke Davis at Cotopaxi (~15750 ft), Ecuador.

Geographic Information Science (GISci)

Geographic Information Science is based computer systems used to collect, store, analyze, and communicate spatially related data. GISci encompasses techniques in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and spatial analysis. The Department’s GISci program was initiated in the late 1990s and a minor in GIS was established in 2000. Currently five GISci-related courses are offered by Dr. Wei Tu. Topics of current research projects include community geography, spatial analysis of infectious diseases, spatial patterns of low birth weight in southeast Georgia.

Dr. Wei Tu talking to a student in COUR Undergraduate Research Symposium

Dr. Wei Tu talking to a student in COUR Undergraduate Research Symposium

B.A. Geography Resources

*Specific requirements in geology may include field methods, mineralogy, petrology and sedimentology. Requirements vary for the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

B.S. Geography Resources

*Specific requirements in geology may include field methods, mineralogy, petrology and sedimentology. Requirements vary for the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

Learn more about the programs by exploring our program learning outcomes, which explain exactly what you’ll be prepared for by the time you graduate.

Last updated: 4/21/2017

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0667