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Undergraduate Program

Overview

Students Studying Marcellus Shale
Geophysical data acquisition by students to image Marcellus Shale structures.

A multi-disciplinary, systems-based approach forms the basis for our undergraduate degree programs. The programs are designed to provide students with the strong science background needed to launch their careers or pursue advanced degrees.

Five flexible degree programs encourage specialization in one or more aspects of earth science:

We also offer minors in geological sciences and environmental geology.

Teaching at Rochester is hands-on, with state-of-the art laboratories and field trips comprising essential components of the degree program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in faculty research, with opportunities to take part in data acquisition projects worldwide. Undergraduate students work side by side with graduate students and faculty, maximizing the learning and teaching experience.

The undergraduate degree programs and research opportunities provide excellent training for graduate studies, as illustrated by our alumni holding professorships at major research institutions worldwide.

The undergraduate curriculum can also prepare students for careers in:

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Public policy
  • Medicine
  • Environmental health studies
  • Geotechnics
  • Natural hazards
  • Petroleum and mineral exploration
  • Water resources