Best Colleges for Geology
Introductory geology is often termed “rocks for jocks,” as 101-level courses in this discipline serve as one of the more accessible disciplines in the hard sciences. But don’t let that fool you—undergraduates who actually concentrate in geology face a highly rigorous academic program that will prepare them for a host of careers with oil and mining companies, government agencies, or teaching at secondary or post-secondary institutions. Only schools whose reputations possess a Rhodium-level luster in the geological community landed spots on our list of the Best Colleges for Geology. Note the heavy presence of many small liberal arts schools where geology majors have access to the best professors and laboratories as undergrads.
Click the links below for more information about each college's geology program. Click here to read our methodology. Finally, note that although some of the colleges featured below do not offer a formal major in geology, their undergraduate offerings in this subject area are so strong that they warrant inclusion on our list.
California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado Boulder
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Wisconsin - Madison
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