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Welcome to the

Department of Geosciences

at East Tennessee State University! 



  What are Geoscientists?

Geoscientists are interested and dedicated to the study of the Earth, Earth systems and how global climate is changing. They study the structure, composition, and physical aspects of the Earth. Geoscientists, as paleontologists, want to learn about the Earth's geological past, ancient plants and animals, in order to understand why the dinosaurs and other animals became extinct.  They work to aid in searching for natural resources, such as groundwater, minerals, and petroleum.

Many Geoscientists also work with environmental, agencies and other scientists, to determine how industrial refuse should be discarded and how society can conserve natural resources for future generations.

Geoscientist are problem solvers, advisors to policy makers, and protectors of the environment. They strive to reconstruct the pas and anticipate the future! 


 What do Geoscientist do?

Geoscientists use their abilities and knowledge to understand Earth processes in order to improve the quality of human life. Their expertise and career paths vary as do the geosciences themselves. The major disciplines are geology, geography, hydrology, marine science, atmospheric science, planetary science, and soil science and each offers a wide variety of career choices!

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!

Come see what we have to offer!!   


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Current Degrees
BS in Geosciences
Minor in Geology
Minor in Geography
Minor in GIS
Minor in Paleontology
MS in Geosciences


Careers in Geosciences

Geoscience Scholarships, Grants and Student Employment Opportunties
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

Regular Work Study Program

Federal Work Study Program
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