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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology

Explore the relationship between humans and the environment on Earth by studying environmental geology. You’ll address critical needs of our society, ranging from groundwater protection and waste disposal to the identification and assessment of natural hazards.

As an environmental geologist, you will predict, prevent and remediate hazards related to human activity or the Earth’s dynamic processes such as beach erosion, earthquakes, flooding, groundwater contamination, landslides and volcanic activity.

Geology is the study of the planet Earth and the processes that shape it through time. Geologists work and study in the lab and in the field - the natural world is their classroom. We invite you to explore our academic programs, faculty and student research and other opportunities to learn more about the study of geology at the University of Dayton.

The environmental geology program addresses the ever-growing need for environmental professionals through a multifaceted program emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems.

To gain an understanding of the broad range of factors relevant to geology and environmental geology, you will take courses such as hydrogeology and geochemistry, along with other courses in biology, chemistry, and civil and environmental engineering. Additional courses with an environmental emphasis are available through the Perspectives in Global Environmental Issues Cluster, which examines environmental issues and their multifaceted scope and global extent.

In addition, you will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty conducting research on diverse issues related to environmental challenges such as the history and impacts of global climate change, wetlands restoration or risk evaluation based on field investigation of fault systems, landslides or volcanic eruptions.

Students with an interest in environmental policy can augment their degree in environmental geology with a minor in sustainability, energy and environment.

As an undergraduate, you can also earn a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is the science of displaying and analyzing any feature or variable that can be shown on a map, from geologic formations to bodies of contaminated groundwater in an aquifer.


Department of Geology

Science Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2364