The geology concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students with a wide range of professional goals in the sciences, engineering, business, and the arts. Students seeking employment in pure and applied fields of geology, including environmental geology, geological oceanography, hydrogeology, marine geology, geobiology, geophysics, and geochemistry, should also choose their courses to support certification as a professional geologist (below). Students considering graduate work in these fields should similarly build their backgrounds accordingly. Students with a strong interest in geological applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing tools should consider the geology concentration with a minor in geography; the certificate program in spatial analysis of coastal environments also emphasizes this area of study.
What makes Geology at ODU unique?
The program provides student with the necessary training for employment with a B.S. in a wide range of federal, state, local and private venues.
The program provides students with the necessary background for graduate work in geology, oceanography, marine science, and environmental science.
Small class sizes at the upper division level means student work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience.
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Geology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, geology concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA).
Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 211 (Calculus I), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, 163 or 166, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 211; please consult the catalog or CDA for details).