3 reasons to choose CSU’s Geology major

CSU students take notes while attendign class atop a mountain slope with boulders all around

Trying to dig a little deeper into Colorado State’s majors, just starting out in your major search, or want to see what it looks like to be a student in a certain major? Our “3 reasons” series is the perfect place to start. In each installment, we’re bringing you three standout reasons to choose a major, written by the people who work and teach in those majors every day. 

Colorado State’s Geology major provides a rigorous academic and practical basis for diverse professional science careers ranging from natural resources and education to water management, geohazards, environmental consulting, energy, and paleontology. You will discuss wide-ranging topics in the Earth sciences and choose from four concentrations to specialize your studies: Geology, Hydrogeology, Geophysics, or Environmental Geology. Here are three reasons the Geology major might be right for you. 

#1. You’ll take field trips into the Colorado Rockies and foothills.

Geosciences will teach you to better understand the Earth through hands-on learning and active lab work. You will take field trips throughout your time in the major to explore geological points of interest across Colorado and participate in a five-week capstone field course prior to graduation

#2. You’ll have a springboard to exciting and fulfilling careers.

Geology provides a strong, broad science background that can lead you to a great variety of career options. Geoscience professions are commonly ranked among the most professionally satisfying, and you’ll find it has a strong worldwide professional community. Geology graduates go onto careers as environmental scientists, geologic technicians, GIS (geographic information systems) analysts, and even seismologists, who study and predict earthquakes.

#3. You’ll find a close-knit and supportive community.

Geosciences students receive professional advising from an assigned academic advisor as well as mentorship from a faculty member in their area of interest within geosciences. Plus, our student clubs provide numerous opportunities to network with alumni and industry professionals and gain leadership experience within the field.

Ready to learn more about Geology at CSU and its opportunities?

Explore the major to learn more about future careers in geology, CSU geosciences organizations, and the out-of-classroom field work you’ll do.