Geologists work in diverse sectors of the economy, including industry and business as exploration geologists and environmental consultants, academics as teachers and research scientists, and government as natural resource or natural hazard specialists.
Representing a variety of careers, professional geologists:
- study past earth history and predict the future behavior of earth systems, such as plate tectonic or river systems;
- explore for adequate supplies of natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum and economic metals;
- provide geotechnical expertise related to site assessment and develop watershed protection plans;
- work with planning and emergency management to mitigate human suffering and property loss from natural hazards, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, landslides and coastal erosion; and
- mediate between the human demand for natural resources and the impact that resource development has on the natural environment.
Wittenberg's geology program blends classroom and field instruction, computer and instrumental analysis, and practical application to give you the tools for success in graduate school or your professional career. Students get hands-on experience in every geology class, using an impressive range of equipment to measure stream flow, use hand-held GPS units to locate formation contacts, analyze sample composition, or model sediment movement along stream beds.
In addition, students and faculty in the department of geology maintain instrumentation, including streamgages, a weather station, and several water quality sondes, along a 9-km reach of Buck Creek that flows through Springfield. The Buck Creek Educational Corridor promotes problem-based learning opportunities for our students, such as researching the environmental impacts on stream quality in areas where lowhead dams have been replaced with recreational structures.