The far-ranging backgrounds of the geology faculty, the curriculum, the individual attention to students, the state-of-the-art research facilities, and our location close to a great variety of geologic settings combine to make SIU's geology program one of the most exciting in the United States.
Geology is integral to the resolution of such global problems as environmental pollution, adequate reserves of non-renewable energy sources, groundwater protection and resources, and scarcity of industrially critical ore deposits.
Today, there is a need for qualified individuals in the fields of energy, groundwater, and environmental geology. Many of our recent graduates are finding employment in these and related areas. Students graduating from the Geology program at Southern Illinois University have been highly successful in obtaining jobs with oil companies, consulting firms, and state and federal agencies. Most of the more than 44,000 geologists working today are exploring for new mineral resources or for petroleum and natural gas.
Some of the more successful industrial geologists rise through company ranks to top management positions. An SIU graduate is vice president in charge of exploration for a large oil company. Other SIU graduates have risen to the rank of division geologist or district geologist in major oil companies, responsible for oil and gas exploration in many areas of the world. Most large petroleum companies now prefer to hire geologists or geophysicists with at least a master's degree (considered the "professional" degree) so many of our undergraduates go on to graduate school to earn M.S. degrees.
The federal government employs many geologists and geophysicists, most of whom work in the U.S. Department of the Interior. One of our graduates held the position of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Energy and Minerals, an administrative post overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest federal employer of geologists. Geologists, hydrogeologists, and geophysicists also work for the Soil Conservation Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Mines, the Department of Energy, the Forest Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, and the Navy. Many work for state geological surveys; three SIU graduates have been state geologists, heading such units.
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- Structural geology
- Ore deposits
- Quaternary geology
- 48 months
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DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology Environmental Sciences View 464 other Bachelors in Earth Sciences in United States
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International19274 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9637 USD per semester during 48 months.
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