Geology and Geoscience

Cedarville Bachelor of Science in Geology

Christian Geology Major Blog

Students present at GSA, Vancouver, BC

This year one of our students and three of our graduates presented posters at the annual GSA conference in Vancouver, BC.  In order to present, research has to be done in the previous year and then the author needs to write an abstract to be... continue »

Glacial Valley Field Trip

While at the GSA conference in Vancouver, BC we took a field trip up Howe Sound, which is a beautiful glacial fjord.  These kinds of valleys are filled with ocean water and have steep valley sides with many waterfalls (hanging valleys) entering from... continue »

Welcome to the Cedarville University geology programs! We have two majors: a Bachelor of Science in geology and a Bachelor of Arts in geoscience. The B.S. in geology is a rigorous and well-rounded geology major that teaches all of the general skills needed to be successful for employment or graduate school in the field of geology. The B.A. in geoscience prepares students for employment or graduate school specifically in the areas of environmental science and environmental geology. The geoscience program is a well-rounded mix of the geology, environmental science, and biology majors that we offer at Cedarville.

Our programs teach geology from both biblical and evolutionary perspectives. We are young-earth creationists and believe the earth was created in six literal days. However, we teach both creation and evolution in our classes. We want our students to be well educated in both paradigms of earth history, and we believe this helps them to excel in critical thinking— one of the most important skills for a scientist to develop. In combination with the Bible minor that all Cedarville students take, geology students are well prepared to think about issues related to science and the Bible.

Our programs are young (established in 2009 and 2011), but our graduates have done exceptionally well in finding jobs and being accepted into graduate schools. To date, our graduates have attended field camp or graduate school at about a dozen different academic institutions. In field camp, our students have placed near the tops of their classes, with two of our students being recognized as the top student in their particular field camp. (Field camp is an intense five- or six-week summer experience where students learn and practice geological mapping skills, usually taught by a consortium of schools).

Why study geology or geoscience at Cedarville?

Geology or geoscience seniors in our department must complete a capstone geological research project in which they document and present methods and results. The project generally addresses both the practical and philosophical aspects of an issue in our created world. The project often leads to the publication or presentation of results in a geological society national forum.

Our faculty members have taught, researched, published, and worked in government, academia, and industry. They belong to the major secular and creation geological societies, and they lead trips to the major geological sites of North America.

Our students travel each semester to renowned geological sites near the school and around the state, region, and country. For geology majors, the field camp requirement allows them to demonstrate the skills they learned during their undergraduate studies. One of the summer courses provides the opportunity to travel with a geology faculty member to several U.S. National Parks in order to study the geology of those parks.

2010

  • Frye Geology Award: Kristen P. Baechtle
  • Strom Award #1: Sarah A. Maithel
  • Strom Award #2: Ken P. Coulson

2011

  • Frye Geology Award: Ken P. Coulson
  • Strom Award #1: Matthew R. McLain
  • Strom Award #2: Alex Struble

2012

  • Frye Geology Award: Chris T. Griffin
  • Strom Award #1: April M. Menendez
  • Strom Award #2: Dylan J. McKevitt
  • Salt and Light: Chris T. Griffin

2013

  • Frye Geology Award: Mr. Calvin J. Anderson
  • Strom Award #1: Mr. Ethan J. Shula
  • Strom Award #2: Mr. Mitch S. Goodling
  • Salt and Light: Mr. Dylan J. McKevitt

Our faculty will help you prepare for becoming a registered/certified professional geologist, and they can give appropriate suggestions and guidance in your pursuit of a job or graduate school. The geology and geoscience degrees also have relevance to the missions field, both in-country and abroad.

There are many opportunities for graduates in the geosciences. Whether you prefer the challenges in industry, government, teaching, or research, our two majors, geology and geoscience, prepare you for graduate school or a career after completing your undergraduate degree. We try to match your career goals with individualized mentoring and career guidance. Laboratory and field experiences, combined with classroom lectures, give you the well-rounded education that is expected of any good geology program. The thing that sets Cedarville apart is its dedication to providing that education in a God-honoring setting.

You will be inspired to use your God-given talent and passion to become an excellent, relevant, and God-honoring geologist. As a geoscience major, you will learn what it means to become a steward of the natural resources that God provided and you will know why sustainability and stewardship go hand in hand.

How can you benefit society and honor God with a geology/geoscience degree?

Geology graduates from Cedarville can put their education and training to use in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Discovery of natural resources that exist in the geologic domain, acknowledging that there are many biological and geochemical processes that ultimately reveal themselves in the geologic record.
  • Proper and efficient extraction of the discovered natural resource. These resources may include surface and ground water, minerals and rocks for ore, oil and natural gas, coal, building stone and soils, fossils, gemstones, etc.
  • Protection of the natural environment during and after the extraction of the natural resource. This may include:
    1. Guidance and oversight of activities that fall under environmental regulations
    2. Applying geologic knowledge to construction activities involving earthen materials, including soil, rock, and water
  • Research into the impact that man has, or will have, on the natural environment due to his past and ongoing activities, including climate-change studies.
  • Understanding of, and protection from, natural hazards. These hazards may include earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, avalanches, subsidence and sinkholes, expansive soils, etc.
  • Basic research that examines what is in the shallow- or deep-rock record, or what processes were responsible for creating an area’s topographic or geomorphic expression, with that research leading to a clearer understanding of the earth’s history and God’s created world. This includes paleontology, speleology, geoarcheaology, glaciology, oceanography, etc.

Geologic, environmental, and engineering activities are often so intertwined that is it is sometimes hard to tell where the boundaries are during a particular project. Because of this overlap, Cedarville students are encouraged to have wide-ranging interests and experiences during their undergraduate education.