Geology (B.S.)


  • Geology majors experience fun and educational trips with chances to see natural processes in person.
  • You’ll have opportunities to travel to the Bahamas and the western United States for field excursions.
  • Geology majors gain hands-on experience while working closely with professors, other professionals and classmates.
  • Our faculty are respected scholars who take a genuine interest in students’ success and are actively engaged in students’ research.

Earth is the only home we have. Thus, we must understand 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. Geology studies 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. Geologists travel and work at field sites collecting data, and they also work in high-tech laboratories using advanced software and technology. Job opportunities are varied, and growth in earth science fields is projected to be strong in the years ahead. Clemson also offers a minor in geology.


What you'll study:

In our Bachelor of Science degree program, you’ll study Earth’s basic physical and chemical properties. You can also focus on a specific area of geology:

Environmental Science Concentration (B.S.)
This concentration provides a solid introduction to environmental systems while preparing you for a career in natural resources, the environmental consulting industry, government agencies, or graduate studies in environmental fields. This concentration is for students interested in learning how to collect and analyze environmental data.

Hydrogeology Concentration (B.S.)

Water is a resource that everyone needs access to. This program focuses on understanding water availability and problems that could limit or restrict access to clean water. Graduates work for consulting companies, government agencies and natural resource management groups.


Popular Minors:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Geography
  • International Engineering and Science
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Natural Resource Economics

Geology majors have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience, apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations and network with professionals in earth science fields.

Internships and Research Projects:

Join Clemson’s Geology Club and meet other students who share your interest in earth science. The club organizes field trips, invites professional speakers to campus and participates in service and outreach projects.
Geologists, hydrogeologists and scientists from other universities, the USGS and consulting companies join Clemson faculty to facilitate the Hydrogeology Field Camp. The trips and exercises provide insights into researching hydrologic issues.
Starting your sophomore year, geology majors take a sequence of courses to learn the basics of geologic research by participating in ongoing group projects. Faculty also mentor students on independent research projects.
The annual Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium focuses on water issues in the southeastern U.S. It provides an opportunity for students to present their research and meet professionals and employers from around the Southeast.

Connect with Other Students:


What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Blythe Construction Inc. — Quality Manager
    Mid-Continent Well Logging Services — Petroleum Field Technician
    Aradis — Environmental Consultant, Incident Response & Recovery Team

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

    Indiana University — Master’s
    South Dakota School of Mines — Master’s
    University of Georgia — Ph.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Energy Resources
    • Structural Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Economic Geology
    • Paleontology
    • Fossil Energy
  • Mineral Resources
    • Mining Geology
    • Mineralogy
    • Geochemistry
    • Economic Geology
    • Paleontology
    • Stratigraphy
    • Sedimentology
    • Crystallography
  • Environmental Geology
    • Sedimentology
    • Hydrology
    • Geomagnetism
    • Earth Surface Dynamics
    • Coastal and Marine Geology
  • Geologic Mapping
    • Astrogeology and Space Sciences
      • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides, Floods
        • Seismology
        • Geomagnetism
        • Global Seismic Networks
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      *Represents 11 of 26 Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2012.
      **Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

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