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Geology

Academics

A major in geology encompasses a blend of the physical and biological sciences but adds a fourth dimension of geologic time. You will engage in a field-and laboratory-oriented program of study that exposes you to the full spectrum of geological experiences. Research projects will carry you around the world to remote localities in Antarctica, Australia, South America, Canada, Europe and all of the world’s oceans.

Introductory courses are Physical Geology, focused on Earth’s structure, composition, and the physical processes that shape the Earth; and Historical Geology, which treats the evolution of Earth and life from their origins to the present. Beyond those, dig deep in upper-level courses that emphasize mineralogy, geochemistry, rock origins, Earth structure and geophysics. All of these courses prepare you for a six-week summer field course.

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in geology such as:

  • Studying abroad in Ireland to learn about Economic & Exploration Geology
  • Serving as the Geology Club president
  • Interning with the United States Geological Survey
  • Researching the paleokarst surfaces within the Persian Gulf
  • Volunteering at Morrill Hall

Opportunities

The employment outlook in geology is excellent, especially in petroleum geology and environmental geology. Several topical issues present challenges—and employment opportunities—for geologists, including decreasing energy, mineral and water resources; increasing concerns about protecting the environment; climate change and its effect on sea level, coastal erosion and flooding; and predicting and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and landslides. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Drafter / BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON
  • Geologist / FULBRIGHT
  • Geologist / MARATHON OIL COMPANY
  • Geotechnician / WHITING PETROLEUM CORPORATION
  • Hydrogeologist / UNITED STATES GEOLOGIC SURVEY
  • Mud-logger / SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES
  • Quality Assurance Departures Specifications / EPSILON SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS
  • Researcher / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN
  • Well Site Geologist / COLUMBINE LOGGING

Meteorology/Climatology

Academics

A major in meteorology-climatology opens the door to your future career in the exciting and ever-changing world of weather and climate. The major is comprehensive but flexible so that you can pursue your own interests within the broad field of atmospheric sciences while meeting the federal government's requirements for employment as a meteorologist.

Your core courses will build a solid foundation that combines basic atmospheric science with training in mathematics, computer science and physics. Dive deep into elective courses such as Tropical Meteorology, Global Climate Change, Broadcast Meteorology, Severe Storms Meteorology and Climatology, and Weather and Climate Impacts.

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in meteorology and climatology such as:

  • Serving as president of the local Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
  • Interning with Channel 8 in Lincoln or as an architectural engineering intern with Ezenics, Inc.
  • Researching climate change resilience in developing nations
  • Volunteering with the local National Weather Service Office

Opportunities

With a major in meteorology-climatology you will be prepared for employment with federal agencies such as the National Weather Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and military. You can also work in private weather consulting; broadcast meteorology; and the agriculture, education and energy sectors. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Broadcast Meteorologist / HOAK MEDIA
  • Coding Specialist / NATIONAL RESEARCH CORPORATION
  • Meteorologist / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  • Meteorologist / NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ROADS
  • Photo Journalist / CHANNEL 8 EYEWITNESS NEWS
  • Pilot / UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
  • Research Associate / HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER
  • Systems Engineer / MITRE CORPORATION
  • Underwriting Assistant / NATIONAL INDEMNITY