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

Degree options

Careers and Outcomes

Many geospatial science positions are with government agencies, but the demand in private industry is growing rapidly.


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