Two geosciences undergraduate students in a cave conducting research

Academic programs in geosciences

The University of Akron offers bachelor's of arts and bachelor's of science degrees. Undergraduate students can also participate in Williams Honors College programs in coordination with their geoscience program.

Graduate students can choose from three areas of specialization in geology. Graduate students in the department enjoy a wide range of research opportunities.

Overview of geosciences degrees and careers

Undergraduate programs

Undergraduate majors usually take courses in physical, historical, and structural geology, petrography, paleontology, and mineralogy.

Depending upon your field of interest, additional coursework in a supporting science is encouraged.

Your education extends beyond the classroom to locations across the country. Faculty members and students regularly travel throughout the United States in their scientific investigations

Bachelor's of Science degrees

Bachelor's of Arts degrees

Honors project

Undergraduate certificate


Field Camp

Our annual summer Field Camp is conducted in South Dakota and Wyoming. Class field trips are also taken during the school year to such places as Canada, Maryland, Kentucky, Colorado and the U.S. southwest.

Travel Policy

Procedures and policies regarding conducting field trips, including timing and methods of transportation, are at the sole discretion of the faculty member in charge of the course. Based upon safety and pedagogical concerns, these policies will likely vary from term to term and course to course. Establishment of a policy for one course does not mean the policy also applies to another course. The default policy for the department, unless otherwise specified orally or in writing by the instructor, is that all travel will be in university-provided vehicles.

Contact an Adviser

Department of Geosciences
Crouse Hall 114 (map)
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4101

330 972-7630

Graduate programs

Areas of graduate research include: hydrogeology, paleoclimate, geomicrobiology, siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentation, geochemistry, environmental geology in addition to the traditional geologic areas of structural geology, petrology, stratigraphy and paleontology.

Master of Science (MS) in Geology:

Summer geology field camp

Student opportunities

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student in Geosciences? Need funding? A summer job or internship?

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Giving to Geosciences

Support from alumni and friends – like YOU – is vital to the Department of Geosciences at The University of Akron because your gift is an investment in students!

When you give to scholarships or field camp, you eliminate financial hardships, allowing students to focus on their studies and graduate on time. When you make an unrestricted gift to the department, you provide funds to update labs and enrich programming, ensuring today’s students continue to receive an outstanding academic experience.

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