Geological Sciences Programs

Geological science majors learn about the wide range of external and internal geological processes that shape the world we live in. They study topics such as rocks and minerals, rivers, beaches, volcanoes, glaciers, earthquakes, plate tectonics, groundwater, fossils, sediments and increasingly serious environmental problems, on local to global scales.

Geologists must have a broadly-based education. The first two years focus on the fundamentals of several disciplines in preparation for more intensive advanced geology courses in the junior and senior years.

Most students continue their education through the Master of Science degree because starting salaries are higher, advancement is more rapid, and it provides a competitive advantage in seeking employment.

A post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for employment and future studies in the environmental field.

Doctoral Opportunities at ECU for Students in the Geosciences
Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in some fields of geology can do so through the interdisciplinary Integrated Coastal Sciences Ph.D. program at ECU. Geological Sciences faculty have strong links with the program through both teaching and research.