Study Geosciences Here
Geoscientists are uniquely positioned to help solve the critical challenges that society faces today and into the future on our ever-changing planet. The undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech is designed to prepare you to meet these challenges. So it’s not surprising that our students and alumni of the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech embody the university’s motto Ut Prosim, or “That I May Serve.”
Our undergraduate program has six options: Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geobiology and Paleobiology, Environmental and Engineering Geosciences, and Earth Science Education. These curriculum paths are designed to relate to the variety of career possiblilities within the geosciences.
Our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of our many research areas. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within our department and in the other programs across the Virginia Tech campus.
Getting Out There — Understanding Our Broader World
Learning is not bounded by the traditional classroom. Our graduate and undergraduate students partner with our faculty to conduct fundamental and applied research in the wide diversity of fields within the geosciences. This work occurs not only at Virginia Tech but also in the field and laboratories all over the world. From working in the remote Wrangell Mountains of Alaska, to working on the side of a volcano in Tanzania, to using cutting-edge instrumentation at the Argonne National Laboratory, our students are getting out there, learning, and making a difference.
Our undergraduates also have the opportunity to participate in our study abroad program based at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. While there, students visit multiple locations in Europe to study a variety of geosciences topics and receive personalized instruction from several of the department’s faculty and alumni.
Our undergraduate and graduate students learn from our department’s faculty and can also take advantage of our alumni mentor program. In this program, they are paired with an alumnus that is employed in one of the variety of professional fields that employ geoscientists.