What can I do with a degree in Geological Sciences?
are available to BSU students who graduate with a degree in Geological Sciences. Most
of our students pursue one of the following three options upon graduation:
- Graduate Study: Obtaining a Master's
Degree in geology or a related earth science discipline will make you more
attractive to potential employers. Your starting salary will often be considerably
higher compared to students holding a Bachelor's Degree. It is also very common
for students to work for a few years after graduating from BSU before entering
graduate school. Employers will sometimes subsidize your Graduate training
if you are a valued employee. For those graduates interested in a research
career within industry or in a University setting, a Ph.D. is ultimately required.
A link to additional information about Graduate School can be found on this
- Education (teaching at the K-12 level):
There is a large shortage of science teachers at all grade levels across
the nation. The vast majority of elementary school teachers have little or
no background in science and there is a critical need to fill that gap. At
the secondary school level, there are also relatively few qualified teachers
in key science content areas, compared to other disciplines. Thus, if you
are a prospective teacher, majoring in earth science can make you a more
applicant for teaching positions. Geological Sciences is an important part of the
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, however, each district delivers those
frameworks in different ways. In recent years, most of our Geological Sciences majors
who also minored in Secondary Education have secured teaching positions at
the 7-10th grade levels.
- Employment within Geoscience: Students
with a Bachelor's Degree in Geological Sciences have numerous opportunities for
employment. This includes environmental consulting, the petroleum and mineral
industries, local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, state and federal
geological surveys, state and national parks, and various research organizations.
The exact nature and number of opportunities is always changing and depends
in part on where you want to live. In recent years, Geological Sciences graduates
from BSU have been widely hired by both large, national and smaller, local
environmental/engineering consulting firms.
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has an excellent series of essays by
professionals describing many of the numerous opportunities and career avenues
for students with degrees in Geological Sciences. To read these essays, click here. You can also find
additional information about Geoscience careers and job statistics at these
Last Modified: June 19, 2012