Driven to understand – and protect – the planet we live on? UMW’s bachelor’s program in environmental geology arms you with the knowledge and principles you need to understand Earth’s evolution and processes. Discover how these fundamentals relate to human interaction with the landscape. Examine such topics as hydrogeology, soil and water chemistry, and geomorphology. Discover ways to curb the hazards that threaten our planet.
Students majoring in Environmental Geology who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and Geology.
Areas of Study
UMW’s bachelor’s program in environmental geology includes courses in soil and water chemistry, geography, environmental science, and geographic information science. Geology courses from which to choose include Evolution of the Earth, Mineralogy, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Hydrogeology, and Icehouse-Greenhouse Earth. Independent research is highly recommended.
Thanks to plentiful opportunities for independent study, research, and internships, and the state-of-the-art facilities available in UMW’s Jepson Science Center, students who earn their degrees in environmental geology from UMW are poised to find work in environmental consulting, government, teaching, and several other fields. Many go on to graduate study at highly competitive universities.
Our students land internships with private industry, government agencies, and NGOs. Recent UMW geology students have held internships with the City of Fredericksburg, Army Corps of Engineers, National Resources Conservation Services, Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Friends of the Rappahannock, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. More information on internships can be found through the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, or through Academic and Career Services.
Students with a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.25 average in geology courses may pursue Honors in Geology or Environmental Geology by completing an independent research project and writing and defending a thesis.
UMW’s environmental geology major requires 41 to 44 credits, including two required chemistry courses and six required geology courses, with the remainder of the required credits in geology, geography, or environmental science. Environmental geology majors also are encouraged to do independent study and research during their senior year.
A complete list of available scholarships is provided by UMW’s Office of Financial Aid.