Missouri University of Science and Technology
Geology & Geophysics
Geology and geophysics involves the exploration of the Earth’s composition in order to better understand its history and future. For geologists and geophysicists, the unpredictability of our Earth is an opportunity for constant discovery. Geologists study everything from the origin of the Earth to hazardous waste issues that affect the world around us.
You might explore oil sources off a coral reef, find answers to nuclear pollution problems, find adequate sources of natural resources for villages around the world, or predict when and where the next earthquake, volcanic explosion, or tsunami may happen.
Where do geoscientists work?
Graduates in geology and geophysics can predict the effects of human interaction on nature for environmental companies, work with NASA to research the composition of other planets, or consult with engineering firms to determine the best place for a new production plant.
What is the difference between "geology" and "geological engineering?"
A geologist studies the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. A geological engineer takes this knowledge and applies the principles of engineering (dynamics, mechanical properties, etc.) to assess risks posed by site conditions, design structures and foundations, conduct site reviews, and develop solutions to problems. Both are exciting careers that are similar, but still quite different.
S&T's geology field camp is amazing. Each summer students can take part in a 10-day field camp to apply what they've learned.
Geology is high-tech. Digital monitoring and 4D visualization technology are the next generation of geophysics.
The Earth is always evolving. The work of a geoscientist is never done, and they travel all over the world.
Missouri S&T is located in the beautiful Ozarks. Geoscience students have explored and studied our local region for +140 years.
Average salaries (according to the US Dept of Labor): $87,392, for geologists, and $100,585 for geophysicists.