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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Geology

Geology @ Winthrop                                                            GeologyWaterfall

Why pursue a Geology Minor?

GeologyCoastal   Tackle critical problems facing the world today Training in Geology will help prepare you to solve some of the most critical issues facing our planet today, such as climate change, pollution, resources and natural hazards.

GeologyCanyon   Exciting work environment Many opportunities in the geosciences involve both field and laboratory work. Field work can take you to many breathtaking places to investigate a range of questions. At Winthrop, study in geology will literally allow you to get your hands dirty as you can collaborate on research with faculty on a breadth of topics.

Promising job outlook According to the US Department of Labor, employment in the geosciences is projected to grow 10% from 2014-2024. This is faster than average for all other occupations. There is demand for employees with geology education with the growth of energy, environmental protection and resource exploration/management demands. The 2015 median pay for geoscientists is $89,700 per year.

Works well with many majors Courses in Geology will give you the ability to collect and analyze data, prepare formal reports and effectively communicate findings. These skills translate to all professional disciplines and prepare you for success in higher education or in any professional career.

Geology Faculty   

GeologyBoyer   Diana Boyer- Dr. Boyer’s research focuses on using fossils and geochemistry to understand ancient ocean conditions. Specifically, she has applied these methods to the investigation of the End Devonian mass extinction events (~375 million years ago). Courses taught: Historical Geology, Dinosaurs, Geology of the Bahamas, Fundamentals of Geochemistry

GeologyDaley   Gwen Daley-Dr. Daley’s research focuses on reconstructing molluscan paleocommunities of the Atlantic coastal plain. Courses taught: Physical Geology, Historical Geology, History of Life, Dinosaurs, Natural Disasters (coming soon)

GeologyWerts   Scott Werts- Dr Werts’ research focuses on utilizing various aspects of soil material to investigate everything from long-term carbon sequestration in soils using stable isotope trends in soil biological materials to investigating heating in soils from surface fires and investigating the geomorphology and stable isotope composition of peat cores for paleoclimate studies. Courses taught: Physical Geology, Fundamentals of Geochemistry, Soils and Land Use, Hydrogeology, Natural Disasters (coming soon).

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