Fast-track your career with an advanced degree in the geosciences. Become a leader in assessing risks and developing solutions for natural hazards, resource distribution and climate change. Prepare for positions in environmental, natural resource, engineering and energy related corporations, as well as federal and state governmental agencies.
UB's Department of Geology helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. No matter where you go from here, you'll be equipped with the technical and soft skills necessary to make an immediate impact.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Review data in detail, observe patterns, perform advanced calculations and draw logical conclusions; compile, analyze, and report data. Below are examples of student projects where they applied analytical skills to real-world issues:
Improve your ability to author and present effective critical communication pieces through required class projects, research papers, poster presentations and articles. Interact with peers, researchers and industry experts at a myriad of professional and social events designed to strengthen your communication skills and expand your network.
Practice professional presentation skills in seminar classes before you take the stage at regional and national conferences. To support these activities, apply for the Reginald H. Pegrum Professional Development Award which provides partial financial support for the purpose of presenting research at professional meetings, or attending career workshops or short courses.
Participate in skill-building activities like the recent Science Communication Workshop sponsored by the UB College of Arts and Sciences. Shane Hanlon, producer for the science-focused podcast, “The Story Collider,” led the workshop that discussed compelling ways to share science, including through social media. “The Story Collider,” which is nationally known, is dedicated to authentic personal stories about science.
Connect with peers, faculty members, alumni and potential employers through the UB Geology Facebook page.
Experience the great outdoors and develop a true understanding of the applied nature of many geoscientist positions through numerous fieldwork opportunities. Some geoscientists spend significant time outdoors requiring the ability to hike and camp in remote locations, while others conduct fieldwork in urban areas.
Field skill development is incorporated throughout the curriculum. For example:
There are numerous opportunities outside of coursework to develop important fieldwork skills. For example:
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities. For example:
Develop your ability to address complex problems through sound observation and careful evaluation of data. Apply concepts to challenging real-world problems and projects in Geology courses. For example:
In Environmental Geophysics Lab (GLY 520) gain hands-on experience in experimental design, acquisition, data processing and interpretation using several noninvasive, near surface geophysical imaging techniques, including: seismic reflection/refraction, microgravity, magnetics, electromagnetics, resistivity, and ground-penetrating radar.
In Geologic Hazards and Risks (GLY 528) investigate volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, large ocean waves and floods through case studies, quantitative risk assessment using probability analysis and construction of hazard maps. Prepare and present PowerPoint talks and posters on case examples. Use this knowledge to participate in a debate on a controversial topic or a simulated crisis.
Channel your inner-child—using old-school paper, scissors and glue—and build three-dimensional paper models to visualize subsurface geologic structure and quantify fluid flow through porous media. Created by Chris Lowry, associate professor of geology and sustainability, students are able to physically visualize the relationships between water levels and geologic lithology. While these same features can be visualized with computer software, we believe there are increased opportunities for user engagement by physically building and manipulating these simple models. Download models here.
Complete a capstone project to showcase your ability to design, manage, operate and report on a geological study, as both technical and project management skills are typically required for professional employment. Example of successful capstone projects include:
Learn the intricacies of teamwork through collaboration with classmates on applied group projects, research papers, academic competitions, in student organizations and volunteer opportunities in the community. For example:
Collaborate with faculty members on important community-based research projects. For example:
Take advantage of opportunities to work with fellow students and faculty members in our specialized groups and labs. For example:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions. Explore internships via UB’s Bullseye
Distinguish yourself and bolster your resume by earning a Professional Science Management Advanced Certificate which combines coursework in science, management and ethics to better prepare students for industry or further academic study.
Network with members of the Geology Alumni Board, an active group of professional geologists who serve as informal advisors and mentors to students, assisting with career advice, resume preparation and more.
Join the UB Department of Geology Alumni LinkedIn group and interact with its over 250 members.
Explore and participate in professional groups such as:
Expand your world view and prepare to work in our interconnected global ecosystem. Students often participate in international field schools and study abroad experiences to further their understanding of geological theory and research are applied in different contexts.
Take advantage of opportunities to interact with global-minded scholars and students through department and university sponsored events. For example, Buffalo hosted The International Glaciological Society 2018 Symposium attracting researchers from universities around the world and members of the Applied Glaciology Foundation, US National Center for Atmospheric Research and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. For example,
Proactively perceive and address problems; evaluate statistical data and other forms of information in order to make judgments and inform the actions of others. In addition to coursework assignments and projects, apply your independent problem solving skills to capstone projects; for example:
* Environmental Scientist
* Program Analyst
* Project Manager
* Earth Science Teacher
* Geological Technician
* Soils Engineer
* Geological Surveyor
* Environmental Consultant
* Hazardous Waste Specialist
Listed below are just a few of the UB Geology alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. Along with all of the members of the Geology Alumni Advisory Board, UB Geology alumni are looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.