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Geomorphology students analyze the record snowpack from February 2015

Geosciences at Holy Cross

The program at Holy Cross focuses on the geological processes that are occurring near the earth’s surface, including: geomorphology, hydrology, paleontology, paleoclimatology, and oceanography. Students who have taken a class in geosciences often say, “I’m never going to look at rocks or landscapes the same way again.” Many of the classes incorporate regular laboratory field trips, and students are often able to explore the New England area and investigate everything from ancient mountain building events, dinosaur trackways, and recent glacial erosion to Worcester's urban hydrology. Research opportunities for students, mainly in the areas of paleontology and geomorphology, is comprised of field work or data analysis. The geosciences minor consists of six classes, including Introduction to Geology (with lab) and five geoscience electives. The minor is open to students from any major.

Why Geosciences?

The geosciences tend to appeal to students who enjoy the outdoors, are interested in science, and are curious about the earth. Besides having fun, student with training in the geosciences can access a wide variety of careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor the employment of geoscientists is projected to grow by 16 percent until the year 2022. High energy demand, environmental protection and responsible land and resource management is projected to increase the demand for geoscientists in the future. Educating the public about the significant environmental problems that face our society today is at the forefront of a career in geosciences. Graduates who pursue a career in the geosciences have the ability to work in academia, private industry, nonprofit organizations, education and government.

Pursuing Graduate Studies

If you are interested in the science components of geosciences, we recommend majoring in science or math at Holy Cross (biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics) and getting a minor in geoscience. Most geosciences graduate programs require a year of study in calculus, chemistry, and physics for admission regardless of major. To be competitive in the admission process we advise you to plan ahead and preemptively take those courses. To see what types of graduate programs are available in the geosciences read this article (PDF) about what choices are available.