Geoscience is the scientific study of the planet Earth and its many different natural geologic systems. It includes the study and investigation of Earth’s minerals, how Earth’s natural systems work today, how they operated in the recent and ancient past, and how we expect they may behave in the future.
Example courses: Earth History, Structural Geology, Crystal Chemistry and Mineralogy, Paleontology: The History of Life, Genesis of Igneous Rocks, Field Geology
Typical careers: Most geoscience graduates go on to work in the resource sector (mining or petroleum), for either industry or government. For students doing directly into the workforce post-graduation, the employment rate for our graduates is near 100%. Many have also done gone on to Master’s and or Doctoral degrees. Some of those are involved in teaching geoscience at universities around the world.
Environmental geoscience is the study of Earth’s systems, soil, water, energy resources, and climate. This includes paleoclimatic studies to present day examples of soil, water, or air contamination.
Example courses: Global change and the climate system, Sedimentology, Geochemistry of Natural Waters, Hydrology, Oceanography, Hydrogeology, Environmental Earth Science Field Course
Typical careers: Environmental consulting, rehabilitation and monitoring, climate change research, alternative energy, environmental impact assessment, computer modeling of environmental systems, environmental scientist, government policymaker, teacher, graduate studies, arctic research.
As described in the calendar, we offer options in environmental science, geochemistry, and joint programs with aquatic resources, biology, business administration, chemistry, mathematics, statistics and computer science, and physics. In addition, science students at StFX are now allowed to combine a minor with any major, and we have many specialty courses suitable for minoring in earth science that are accessible without a large number of prerequisites.