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- In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked geology No. 7 on its list of top 15 most valuable college majors.
- Geology majors gain hands-on experience while working closely with professors, other professionals and classmates.
- Our graduates have gone on to work for environmental agencies, energy and water authorities, and oil, gas and other mineral-producing industries.
- 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, 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.