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Welcome to the

Department of Geoscience

at East Tennessee State University!

What  are Geoscientists & what do we do?

Want to become a Geologists or Geomorphologists and study physical nature, the history of the Earth, or landforms and climate? Or perhaps you are more interested in moving and shaking! Why not a Seismologist and study earthquakes or a volcanologist and spend your time learning about volcanoes? How about a Geospatial Analyst or Meteorologist and study the atmosphere and the relative position of objects on the Earth's surface? Maybe you're more interested becoming a Paleontologist and studying fossils! We have that too!

 Potential Jobs for our Majors!

  • Engineering geologists apply geologic principles to civil and environmental engineering. They offer advice on major construction projects and help with other projects, such as environmental cleanup and reducing natural hazards.
  • Geologists study the materials, processes, and history of the Earth. They investigate how rocks were formed and what has happened to them since their formation. There are subgroups of geologists as well, such as stratigraphers, who study stratified rock, and mineralogists, who study the structure and composition of minerals.
  • Geochemists use physical and organic chemistry to study the composition of elements found in ground water, such as water from wells or aquifers, and of earth materials, such as rocks and sediment.
  • Geophysicists use the principles of physics to learn about the Earth’s surface and interior. They also study the properties of Earth’s magnetic, electric, and gravitational fields.
  • Oceanographers study the motion and circulation of ocean waters; the physical and chemical properties of the oceans; and how these properties affect coastal areas, climate, and weather.
  • Paleontologists study fossils found in geological formations in order to trace the evolution of plant and animal life and the geologic history of the Earth.
  • Petroleum geologists explore the Earth for oil and gas deposits. They analyze geological information to identify sites that should be explored. They collect rock and sediment samples from sites through drilling and other methods and test the samples for the presence of oil and gas. They also estimate the size of oil and gas deposits and work to develop sites to extract oil and gas.
  • Seismologists study earthquakes and related phenomena, such as tsunamis. They use seismographs and other instruments to collect data on these events.
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This is an ETSU Geosciences coin that we released as part of the first Geocaching class !
Student Opportunities 

Careers in Geosciences

Geoscience Scholarships, Grants and Student Employment Opportunities
Penn Virginia Scholarships for Geology Majors

Penn Virginia-Westmoreland Summer Scholarship

Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society Academic Scholarship

Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society Field Camp

ETSU Faculty Student Collaborative Grants

Federal Work Study Program

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