Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Prospective Students

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech awards B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. We have nationally ranked and internationally recognized programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Education and Career Opportunities

Geosciences offers exciting opportunities for students with an interest in applying a full range of science and mathematical skills to understand the earth's properties and dynamic processes. Academic programs in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and hydrology provide specialized training for traditional career opportunities in resource (petroleum, minerals, and water) exploration, production, and management. This same training is now equally suitable preparation for management of environmental and geological hazards. The extensive scientific and mathematical skills of geoscientists, along with their broad field experience, allow them to pursue careers in many related fields ranging from materials science, to technical management, to scientific reporting. Geoscientists have important societal responsibilities in finding, exploiting, and managing the full range of earth resources.

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Education beyond the classroom

Students in GEOS 2444
Photo: Dylan Ward

One of the favorite courses in our department is the field-based GEOS 2444, taught by Dr. Spotila.