The program prepares students for careers in the geosciences, including environmental consulting, water resources, engineering geology, natural hazards mitigation, and mineral or energy resources.
The curriculum is broad and rigorous and includes field, laboratory, classroom, and research experiences to best prepare students for a broad range of geoscience-related career opportunities. A Bachelor of Science in geology with an environmental emphasis is offered, in addition to the traditional geology degree. A minor is also offered.
Why Study Geology at Grand Valley?
- Students are immersed in a community of knowledgeable, accomplished faculty members that is complemented by invaluable learning experiences outside of the classroom.
- Students can take part in field studies and educational research where they can apply their earth science knowledge in real-world situations.
- Individually mentored educational, curriculum, or geologic research opportunities are available to undergraduate students, a rarity among similar programs at other universities.
- Students routinely attend and/or present their work at national, state, or regional professional meetings.
- The student-run Geology Club meets regularly and organizes events such as on-campus speakers, field experiences, and local, regional, and national conferences, which builds on networking, industry knowledge, and real-world experiences.