Geological science involves the study of the Earth (and other planetary bodies), including their compositions and histories and the physical chemical and biological processes that shape them. The geosciences are highly interdisciplinary, thus students must take some supporting math and science courses. Geoscience courses emphasize a process-oriented approach, with hands-on experiences in labs and on field trips. There is a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and on practice in communication. Students may choose an AB (total of 13 courses) or an ScB (19 total courses, including one semester of research). There are many opportunities for students to do research work (typically in paid positions) during the academic year or in the summer, in areas such as deformation and properties of geological materials, deciphering the geologic history of some local rocks, or analysis of planetary images.
Here's what concentrators from the class of 2012 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Corps Member/Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative, AmeriCorps - Audubon Society of Rhode Island
- Intern, California Coastal Commission
- Junior Scientist, Anchor QEA
- Research Assistant, Abt Associates
- Research Assistant-GIS & RS, Wildlife Conservation Society-Tanzania