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The Department of Energy & Earth Resources offers a B.S. in Energy & Earth Resources with concentrations in Energy Resource Geology and Environmental Geology.  We also offer a minor in Geology and work with the Education Division to offer a B.S. in Secondary Education - Earth & Space Science.   

Geology, the scientific study of the physical Earth, is primarily a field science studying the materials and processes that shape our planet today and that operated in the past.   Geologists are employed in the oil & gas, environmental , and mineral resource industries, as well as by state and federal governments to regulate those industries.  Geologists find the oil & gas and locate the minerals that are needed to run modern society, and they track and help remediate the pollution that society generates.  They also study climate change, work on coastline stabilization, study glaciers, help understand flooding, and find groundwater resources.  In much of the U.S., Geology is now a licensed professional field, with the licensure process being roughly equivalent to that for Professional Engineers.  

The Energy & Earth Resources Department is dedicated to preparing its students for professional careers in Geology, including preparation for the licensure exams, and to preparing its students to pursue graduate studies if they wish. The Energy Resource Geology concentration primarily focuses on understanding the rocks and the story they tell of past geologic events, with an emphasis on being able to find the resources our society desperately needs.  This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the oil & gas, coal, aggregate, and minerals industries, for public service in regulating agencies, and for graduate studies.  The program, with the addition of one or two additional courses from the Environmental Geology track, is intended to provide the curricular breadth needed to pass the licensure exams required to become a licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and most other states.  

The Environmental Geology concentration primarily focuses on modern and recent surficial and near surface processes and materials to better understand the interactions with cultural activities and the controls on the movement of anthropogenic contaminants.  This program is designed to prepare students for careers as environmental geologists in the environmental industry and as regulatory personnel in the environmental agencies of state and federal governments.  As with the Energy Resources concentration, this program, with the addition of one or two additional courses from the Energy Resources track, is intended to provide the curricular breadth needed to pass the licensure exams required to become a licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and most other states.   

If you have a question, or are curious about the E&ER program, please contact Dr. Paul Washington (washingt@pitt.edu) for assistance. 

Last Reviewed: August 6, 2009