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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers BA and BS degrees, as well as a MS and a PhD Geology.   Geology at KU is a wide ranging field, with specific research areas in Geobiology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Paleontology, Sedimentary Geology and Tectonics.  Geologists conduct basic and applied research in the geological sciences and provide professional service to society. Geologists interact with many different sciences and professions in order to understand and solve the problems our planet is experiencing.

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Popular Career Paths

Petroleum, Gas, Minerals and Mining: Geologists use data gathering skills and knowledge of earth systems and resources in their work to explore, discover, efficiently produce and manage energy and mineral resources.  Geologists in these industries also have skills in engineering, geophysics, project management, lab work and computer modeling.

Environmental Geology: Geologists use research and data gathering skills to identify sources of contamination and pollution. Their work in the conversation and environmental protection fields is key in understanding the proper management and use of earth's resources. Part of their work in this field involves field work and site investigation.

Geologic Mapping: Geologists collect, analyze and create earth science information through geologic maps. Specific skills in GIS, mapping and modeling are important in this field.

Geophysics: Geologists apply knowledge of Physics to discover properties relating to the earth.  Work in this field is varied, ranging from seismology (earthquakes), Volcanology,  hydrology (ground and surface water), and geochronology (dating of earth history).

Museums: Geologists work in natural history museums involves work in the collection, preparation, archival, conservation and interpretation of mineral, rock and fossil specimens.  They fill roles in research, curators, archivists, collections managers, exhibit designers, education and administration.

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Jobs to Consider


Collection Manager

Construction Consultant


Environmental Geochemist

Environmental Geologist

Environmental Scientist

Exhibit Designer

Field Equipment Specialist

Geographic Information Systems Specialist





Mathematical Technician




Petroleum Geologist


Planetary Geologist

Research Scientist


Soil Scientist

Special Librarian


Technical Writer


Water Quality Control Technician


Places to Seek Employment

College and Universities

Department of Defense

Energy industry (Petroleum, gas, minerals, alternative)

Environmental Consulting


Instrument Manufacturing Companies

Mining Companies

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Companies

U.S. Geological Survey

Research Institutes

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest in Geology so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in Geology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  7. Complete an undergraduate research experience to gain advanced research skills.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as the American Association of Petroleum Geology Student Chapter, Environs, or Student Environmental Advisory Board.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume 1 (pdf), sample resume 2 (pdf), sample resume 3 (pdf).

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