A Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences provides students with the quantitative and conceptual skills they need to succeed in graduate work and a career as a professional geologist in industry, government or academia. The curriculum provides flexibility for students who seek to focus on a specific subdiscipline in the geosciences. Students interested in geophysics, for example, should use their electives to expand their background in math and to develop a broad knowledge of geology and geophysics. Other subdisciplines include geochemistry, paleobiology and hydrogeology. The capstone class is an award-winning 6-week summer Field Camp based in Lander, Wyoming. Many students participate in research projects with faculty members, usually involving fieldwork, and leading to a senior thesis. Their results are typically presented at a national meeting and in an oral defense in the department. Study abroad classes are typically offered every two to three years – recently to China, Chile, and Spain. Some BS graduates pursue careers in environmental consulting. Many others go into the oil and gas industry, which typically requires an MS degree.
Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: