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Geology and Earth Sciences

B.S., A.B., Major

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Please note: Students may not declare a Geology and Earth Sciences major or minor during the 2021-22 academic year.

Get Your Feet Wet and Your Hands Dirty

Travel the world as you study the earth. As a Geology and Earth Sciences major, you can attend field studies programs in locations including Bhutan, Australia and Costa Rica. Or sign up for summer and semester programs led by Guilford faculty in Tanzania, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Munich and Italy.

Head west to states including Colorado, New Mexico and Utah to satisfy the summer field requirements for those completing a B.S. degree in Geology. You’ll attend a field camp at an accredited university to hone your observational and analytical skills and to use your knowledge gained in upper level geology courses. Some students choose international field camps held in Canada or Ireland; additional opportunities to study in places including Argentina, Turkey and Africa are also available.

You’ll also get a chance to pursue undergraduate research, either as an independent study crafted in collaboration with a professor or as a senior thesis. Students often present their work at the annual Guilford Undergraduate Symposium, as well as at regional and national professional meetings.

Graduates have attended prestigious programs at Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Washington to study paleontology, economic geology, hydrology, coastal environmental management and natural disaster management. They have also built careers in environmental law, non-profit advocacy and teaching, as well as in environmental consulting, petroleum and mining industries, city resource management, water quality assessment, geologic mapping and geographic information systems.

College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Geology Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; and tuition, fees and financial aid information.

Hands-on Learning

Getting Their Feet Wet: Guilford College Geology [VIDEO]

Getting Their Feet Wet: Guilford College Geology [VIDEO]

Guilford College Geology students learned about pollution by visiting the site of a coal ash spill on the Dan River.

Geology and Earth Sciences majors have expanded their professional networks through valuable internships at the following:

  • National Park Service
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy
  • Environmental monitoring companies
  • Sierra Rutile mining company in Sierra Leone
  • Environmental consulting firm in Greensboro
  • Project on fossil gastropods in Florida quarries
  • Paleontology museum in Philadelphia