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Geology Degree in the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology

Marietta College is located in the foothills of the Appalachians in Marietta, Ohio, on the banks of the Ohio River. Our progressive, modern geology program is one of the oldest in the country, dating back to the early 19th century.

Our courses are designed to offer a rock solid geologic background with emphasis on field-oriented instruction and research. Our program will prepare you for a graduate education as well as a career following graduation. Depending on your academic or career interest, our interdisciplinary program provides three main paths: Paleontology, Petroleum Geology or Environmental Geology.


Paleontology (Dinosaurs and Trilobites!)
Marietta College runs one of the most important Jurassic dig sites being excavated. Each summer, our students and faculty spend several weeks in east-central Utah, in the desert of the San Rafael Swell, collecting material and engaging in field studies of the strata enclosing the site. Diplodocus, Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, and many more dinosaurs are being discovered at our rich and scientifically important location. We also have extensive expertise in invertebrate paleontology and paleoecology. Come along and join us on a dig!


Petroleum Geology (Oil!)
Marietta College has a world-renowned Petroleum Engineering program. Since geology is integral to the field of exploring for and developing oil and gas resources, the Geology and Petroleum Engineering programs are one department. This creates a unique and effective synergy of the two fields, strengthening both degree programs. Students interested in doing petroleum work get great-paying summer internships that lead to a strong foundation for employment or graduate school.


Environmental Geology (Earth!)
Geology is a keystone of Environmental Science. Students interested in Environmental Science, Environmental Geology, or Environmental Engineering can major in Geology and follow a track that forms a solid foundation for a career or graduate work in water resources, environmental monitoring, and remediation. Many students majoring in geology also have an opportunity to minor in Environmental Science. Marietta College offers a diverse interdisciplinary program in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science, where professors from the fields of Geology, Environmental Studies, Biology, and Chemistry combine their strengths to offer students the tools to help them pursue a career that focuses on problems and solutions in the environment around us.


Explore opportunities for funding, careers, and research by visiting the Web sites of some of the important professional geoscience societies and government geoscience bureaus.