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Career Prospects for Undergraduates

The solid Earth science and environmental geosciences tracks are appropriate for students planning to enroll in graduate school in the sciences or medicine, or to pursue careers in industries or agencies involved in extracting or conserving our natural resources. The subdisciplines offered by the department include (in solid Earth) general geology, geophysics, tectonophysics, mineralogy, petrology, and materials science, and (in environmental geosciences) atmospheric and ocean sciences, low-temperature geochemistry, environmental geochemistry and water resources, biogeochemistry, and geomicrobiology. The environmental policy track may appeal to those students with broad interdisciplinary interests who intend to pursue a career in law, business, public policy, government, or diplomacy, and who recognize the usefulness of a sound training in Earth sciences in furthering those goals. Depending upon their interests, such students may choose to draw most of their geoscience courses from either the solid Earth or environmental track.

Another good resource is Earth Science World, which has an online brochure about careers in the Geosciences.

Related Articles:

Perkins, Sid. "Geosciences: Earth works." Nature Magazine 11 May 2011: 243–244. Web. 16 May 2011.

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Mention geoscience and people often imagine trekking to far-flung regions to hammer rocks. But the discipline offers a wide range of opportunities beyond this. “There's room for those who love field work, and there's room for those who don't,” says Eric Calais, a geophysicist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, who has spent time in the field studying the movements and deformations of Earth's tectonic plates in Ethiopia, Siberia and Indonesia. Calais recently left the lab again — this time as science adviser to the United Nations Development Program's mission to quake-torn Haiti, where he is helping to develop public-safety policy and working with local scientists, government officials and international aid workers to build a national agency for seismic risk reduction. “Data analysts, computer modellers — geoscience needs all types of researchers,” he notes.

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