What Can I Do With a Geology Degree?

Posted: December 18, 2023 | Author: Abbie Cochrane | Read Time: 2 minutes

Geology students surrounded boulders and rocky hills

Having been dubbed the “University of the Parks,” Southern Utah University is the perfect place to study geology! In addition to being located within a five-hour drive of 20 national and state parks, SUU offers nine different degree programs in geology and nine degrees in outdoor recreation. Here are some things that you can do with a geology degree from SUU

Jobs are in no short supply for geology graduates. Earth science is a growing field and qualified employees are in increasingly high demand. 

SUU offers five major programs in geology: BS in Environmental Science, BA in Environmental Studies, BS in Geology, BA in Geosciences and BS in Geospatial Science. In addition, four minors/certificates are available: Geography minor, Geography Teacher Education minor, Geology minor and Geographic Information Systems Certificate. With a highly qualified faculty and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities, the Geosciences program is the best place to learn about the world you live in and explore it for school credit. 

There are many different areas of expertise within the field of geology, and getting a degree in geology from SUU can help you determine which field is right for you. 


  • Paleontology
  • Petrology 
  • Hydrology
  • Sedimentology
  • Oceanography
  • Seismology
  • Environmental scientist  

These are just a few of the research options that geology students can study at SUU, and focus on in their professional careers. If you’re less interested in graphs and charts and want to get outside the classroom, pursue a career with the great outdoors as your office. There are lots of jobs available in the field of environment conservation that are working to build a more sustainable, cleaner tomorrow. 


  • Landscape ecologists
  • Conservation managers and planner
  • Habitat conservation
  • Environmental geology
  • Forester
  • GIS analyst
  • Hydrographic surveyor 
  • Archaeologist 

Part of environmental conservation includes educating the next generation of geologists and earth scientists. There are lots of ways that geology educators can help teach geology across the country. 


  • K-12 geology educator
  • Secondary education geology teacher

Whether it’s Geoscientists, civil engineers, or environmental scientists, the industry needs skilled and experienced individuals to lead the world to a more sustainable and environmentally aware tomorrow. With additional positions available in local positions or even with the federal government, the possibilities are endless.

Learn more about the Department of Geosciences and the Outdoor Recreation program at SUU!

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