B.S.G. in Geology
Geology is the study of Earth, the materials of which it is made, their structure, and the processes acting upon them
A Bachelor of Science in Geology allows students to study the composition and structure of the earth, earth history (environments and life), natural hazards (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanism, etc), mineral and energy extraction, surface and groundwater, ocean processes, and more.
Several geology classes at Ole Miss incorporate field trips, including summer field camps to Oklahoma and New Mexico. Experiences in lab exercises, field work, and group projects facilitates a tight knit student body with relationships lasting far beyond graduation.
Job openings in the geosciences are expected to climb through the next two decades. The median annual wage for geologists was $89,700 as of May 2018. Geology graduates find work in energy, environmental consulting, government research and regulation, and mining.
Opportunities include undergraduate research, participation at professional conferences, international travel, field camps to Oklahoma and New Mexico, and experience through Engineers Without Borders.
B.S.G. in Geology Faculty
The Geology faculty at the University of Mississippi has broad experience in industry, academic research, and share a passion for student engagement.
A major in geology for the B.S. degree consists of at least 60 hours of geology, geological engineering, and engineering courses, including Geol 103, 105, 106 (or 102), 225, 303, 305, 309, 314, and either 420 or 520; G E 301, 401, 420, 450, 470, and either 405 or 503; Engr 340 and 310 (or 453); and one additional Geol/G E or Engr class at the 300 level or above. An additional 6 hours are required for a minimum of 124 credits total.
Required related subjects are three of the following four courses: Math 125, 261, 262, and 263 (a combination of Math 121 and 123 may be substituted for Math 125); Chem 105, 106, 115, 116; Phys 213, 214, 223, 224 (or Phys 211, 212, 221, 222); and Csci 111 or 251.
Freshmen may enroll with an ACT Math score of at least 25 (or SAT equiv) and 3.0 high school core GPA. Students transferring from other majors or from other institutions must have at least 2.25 cumulative GPA as well as 25 ACT Math score or at least a B in MATH 125 or higher math class.
Meaghan Dice's current role with Shell Oil supports work in the deep water Gulf of Mexico. Her job tasks include analyzing geology and quantifying oil volumes of Miocene/Pliocene reservoirs. She also oversees drilling operations in the field and informs the multidisciplinary team of geologists as they drill.
Student and professional organizations like the American Association of Petroleum Geologists sponsor on-campus industry speakers, organize field trips, and assist with professional conferences. Students with Engineers Without Borders have carried out projects in Togo and Ecuador.