Stockton’s Geology curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the basic sub-disciplines of geology, so that students have the background to pursue a career in almost any area of geology.
Beyond the basic core, students may concentrate their studies in subjects as traditional as earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, and sedimentary rocks or in applied topics such as environmental geology, coastal processes, economic geology, hydrology, and water resources. Geology students may also develop a concentration in hydrogeology or marine geology.
About the Program
The Geology curriculum stresses field experience, hands-on laboratory work, independent study projects, and internships. A key aspect of all geology classes is the engagement of students with the world around them through field work. There is no better laboratory for the geosciences than the outdoors! These encourage students to develop initiative and professionalism while they provide practical experience and enhance the students’ understanding of local geology, the region, and the world.
Students may earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Both degree options are based around a curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation in the traditional sub-disciplines of geology. These include courses in mineralogy, petrology, field methods, structural geology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy. Both require students to complete either an internship that can be with consulting companies, government agencies, or natural resource industries or conduct independent research with a faculty member. Either opportunity aid students in getting additional hands-on experiences that benefit them for their future careers and/or graduate school.
Geology alumni are currently employed by a diverse group of companies and agencies in a variety of geoscience disciplines. These include:
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Associate Professor of Geology
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The Geology (GEOL) program draws on the interdisciplinary strengths of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics that offers degree programs and courses in Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science and Sustainability. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the basic subdisciplines of geology, so that students have the background to pursue a career in almost any area of geology. Beyond the basic core, students may concentrate their studies in subjects as traditional as earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, and sedimentary rocks or in applied topics such as environmental geology, coastal processes, economic geology, hydrology, and water resources. Geology students may also develop a concentration in hydrogeology or marine geology.
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The Arts and Sciences Building houses Environmental Sciences and Geology. Its facilities include a soil and hydrology lab; paleomagnetics laboratory; chemical and biological laboratories; greenhouse, rock cutting, polishing and thin sectioning lab; geological and biological collections; computer cartography room; and computer laboratories some of which are equipped with ArcGIS. The Marine Geology specialization also offers access to the research station at the Marine Science and Environmental Field Station and its facilities including research vehicles (boat), side scan sonar, and marine geochemistry, sediment sampling and water quality instrumentation and laboratories. The required internship or research project also enable to students to utilize equipment present here at Stockton and sometimes instrumentation and techniques in conjunction with other companies, organizations and institutions. Research projects are typically presented by the students at the Geological Society of America’s Northeastern Conference.
The Geology Program supports a vigorous field program that provides experience with field techniques in regular course work with mandatory weekend field trips for most upper-level classes. Special courses in the past have also included summer field trips to the Rocky Mountains, Florida, China, and other parts of the world. Additionally, the student-run Stockton Geology Club takes a 2-3 week-long trip in May to places across the country including to sites such as the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Big Bend National Park, and even up to the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.
The Geology Club strives to increase student awareness in the field of geology and assist with all questions surrounding the field of Geology.
Learn more about the Geology program ELO's. These essential learning outcomes guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century.
An important part of the geosciences is experiencing the results and processes of the Earth in their natural setting – the field!
Since geology is the study of the earth in all its aspects, one of the best places to learn is out in the field. As such, Stockton Geology puts a premium on field trips at all levels, from the introductory classes through upper-level core classes and electives and also on research trips.
Course field trips include a number of day trips throughout the greater New Jersey area (eastern Pennsylvania, southern New York, Delaware and Maryland) for all of the classes. Extended weekend trips for upper-level core and elective geology classes take students through the Adirondacks of New York, central Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
For students who choose to do research with one of the faculty members, most projects will involve some amount of field work. These can be “local” projects along the Jersey Shore or in northern New Jersey and southern New York or they can be much further away in places as diverse as Montana, Rhode Island, Arizona, Saskatchewan, Maine, or Washington.
Recent studies indicate that the majority of geology graduates establish careers related to their major. They fill positions in industry; in state, federal and local governmental agencies; in schools; and in other organizations, including engineering, insurance, consulting, and mining, oil, and natural resource management and exploration companies.
Sample list of potential careers:
Employment in life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 68,200 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Office of Institutional Research collects information on where our alumni land within six months of graduation. To learn more about Geology alumni, use the Graduate Outcomes tool.
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The connections you made with your professors and preceptors are invaluable resources for your career planning. Beyond providing assistance on coursework and scheduling, they can give you guidance in planning for your post-college career.
In addition, we have a student Career Center that is available to guide you through your career development journey - from CV writing, interview prep or general guidance.