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The geology major prepares students for graduate studies or employment in a wide variety of geological fields. Skills needed by modern geologists such as observation, interpretation, model analysis, critical thinking and field work are emphasized throughout the program. Opportunities for undergraduate research and publication are available and will be encouraged. The coursework is rigorous and very similar to coursework at other secular, Christian and private schools. The bachelor of science degree with a major in geology prepares students for professional employment as geoscientists and/or for graduate study in the earth sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geoscience prepares students for employment in the areas of geology and environmental science. The major is a hybrid of the geology and environmental science majors.

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.