Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences: Geophysics Track Program By University of Oregon |Top Universities

Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences: Geophysics Track

Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences: Geophysics Track

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
The undergraduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences provides an understanding of the materials that constitute the earth and the processes that have shaped the earth from deep in its interior to the surface environment geology. Geology applies all the basic sciences biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to understanding earth processes in the historical context of geologic time. It is a science that explores problems by combining field investigations with laboratory experiments and theoretical studies. Geology also addresses many natural hazards earthquakes, flooding, and volcanic eruptions that affect humans. It addresses the impact of humans on the earth’s surface environment, where we pollute rivers and ground water, cause rapid erosion and landslides, or attempt to re-engineer rivers and shorelines. Preparation: High school students planning to major in geological sciences should include in their high school program as much mathematics and science (physics, chemistry, biology, or earth science) as possible. Students who transfer to the department after two years of college work elsewhere should have completed a year of general chemistry, a year of general physics, and two quarters or a semester of calculus. A year of general geology with laboratory is recommended. Careers: Students with a degree in earth sciences are qualified for employment in a broad range of careers: geotechnical and environmental consultants; K–12 school teachers (with an additional teaching certificate); laboratory technicians; professional geologists, geophysicists, or geochemists; and positions in the petroleum and mining industries or in state and federal agencies such as the United States Geological Survey or the Environmental Protection Agency. The current climate for employment in the earth sciences is good. Geoscience jobs require skills in critical thinking and problem solving, quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, and team work. The Department of Earth Sciences curriculum emphasizes these skills. This program focuses on Geophysics Track.