Geology Undergraduate Program


Why study geology at Missouri State?

  • You will be a part of the largest geology program in the state, giving you access to a diverse range of research, field experiences and internships you cannot get elsewhere.
  • Geology is an exciting field of study with plenty of career opportunities in areas such as environmental engineering, energy, resource conservation and more.
  • You will learn geology in the Ozarks, a region with unique geological features such as caves, rivers and mountains.
  • Because our geography and geology programs are part of the same department, you will gain a bigger picture of how the two are related, a perspective valuable to future employers.

Gain hands-on experience in the field

Our geology program integrates field trips with classroom learning to give you the hands-on experience you need to succeed. These opportunities develop your technical skills using measuring instruments and laboratory equipment.

Recent destinations include:

  • St. Francois Mountains of southeast Missouri
  • Ouchita Mountains of central Arkansas
  • Death Valley, California
  • Oil fields of the San Joaquin Basin
  • The carbonate deposits of the Florida Keys
  • Colorado Plateau

What is geology?

Geology is the study of the Earth itself. If you study geology, you will be studying the materials that make up the Earth, the structure of those materials and how those materials change over time. Geology is a useful field for examining world history, human history and resource prospecting.