Join a growing job field with an online geology degree
Growing scientific and technological innovations, and the search for ways to understand the environmental impact of that growth, means an increasing need for geoscience professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for environmental geologists is expected to grow 15-21 percent by 2022, adding more than 17,000 jobs by 2022.
An environmental geologist’s duties might include:
- Evaluating and managing groundwater, surface water, and Earth's resources.
- Conducting and overseeing assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and water.
- Delineating groundwater movement and the origin and fate of soil and subsurface contaminants.
- Performing site investigations using geochemical, geotechnical, and geophysical field and laboratory methods.
- Preparing and presenting reports on findings for government officials, businesses or the public.
What jobs can I get with an environmental geology degree?
Environmental geologists apply their knowledge in a variety of industries. Potential employers include corporate engineering, environmental, and geophysical consulting firms. Federal, state, and local government entities, such as geological surveys or environmental agencies, also hire environmental geologists.
Is a master's in environmental geology degree right for me?
KU’s professional science graduate programs are designed for students interested in a wide range of environmental issues. The Environmental Geology program combines in-depth coursework in environmental science and geology with project management and communications training. The unique curriculum provides professionals with the skills needed to collect and clearly communicate reliable data, in addition to successfully leading projects and managing teams.
You may complete the majority of your coursework online, with only three on-site, one-credit-hour, day or weekend workshops covering field and laboratory methods. Learn more about the hands-on workshops.
What environmental geology graduate programs are available at KU?
KU offers two options for professional science graduate programs in environmental geology. All classes can be completed in hybrid mode or entirely online, except for the field workshops.
See the choices below and download the program guides for more information. Each guide provides the program’s curriculum, career paths, admissions information, tuition and more.
- Classes offered online, with three in-person field workshops
- GRE not required for 3.0 and above undergrad GPAs
- Graduate certificate option
- Credentialed, experienced faculty
- Globally recognized academics
- KU is one of 34 public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities
- Courses designed for science and technology professionals
- Learn it today, use it tomorrow
- Versatile skillset designed for use in your scientific field