Let curiosity move you to major or minor in geology or meteorology/climatology!
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 laboratoryoriented 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 Dynamic Earth, focused on Earth’s structure, composition, and the physical processes that shape the Earth; and Evolution of the Earth, 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.
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 and Exploration Geology
- Serving as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) president
- Interning with the United States Geological Survey
- Researching the paleokarst surfaces within the Persian Gulf
- • Participating in field trips to locations such as the Black Hills or Park City, Utah
- Volunteering at Morrill Hall
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
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 you own interests within the broad field of atmospheric sciences, while meeting the federal government 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. Beyond those, dive deep into elective courses such as Tropical Meteorology, Climate and Society, Broadcast Meteorology, Severe Storms Meteorology and Climatology, and Weather and Climate Impacts.
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 a Research Technician with Planetary Data, Inc.
- Researching supercell thunderstorms by radar and drones
- Volunteering with the local National Weather Service Office
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