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- In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked geology No. 7 on its list of top 15 most valuable college majors.
- You’ll have opportunities to travel to the Bahamas and the western United States for field excursions.
- Most geology classes have an excellent instructor-to-student ratio.
- Geology majors experience fun and educational trips with chances to see natural processes in person.
Earth is the only home we have, so we must study and learn the Earth’s natural processes and how they impact our society. Environmental issues, water availability, energy resources, climate change and natural disasters all impact our health, our safety and our economy. As a geology major at Clemson, you’ll study all of these issues plus traditional topics including rocks, minerals and fossils, which reveal information about Earth’s history and provide the raw materials that our society and technology are built upon. This degree is designed to help you develop quantitative skills, while familiarizing you with the topics, technologies and resources needed to follow a career path in the geosciences. Geologists’ career paths can range from traveling and collecting data at field sites to working in high-tech laboratories using advanced software and technology.