The growing demand for geologists provides opportunities for students that are fascinated by the natural world, care about the earth, and enjoy working outdoors. LHU’s Geology program features hands-on experience that will prepare you to take on the world’s geological and environmental challenges.

What You'll Study

Applied Geology Concentration

This concentration allows you to study the Earth’s 4.6 billion-year history, the internal and external processes that shape our planet, the origins and properties of Earth materials, the nature of our water resources, and the causes of natural hazards. Graduates of this concentration are qualified to enter graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Igneous, Sedimentary, or Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Glacial Geology, Paleontology, Mineralogy, Volcanology, Seismology, and Economic Geology.

Topics covered include:

  • Geomorphology
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Mineralogy & Petrology



Water and Environment Concentration

This concentration will train you to explore availability of both surface water and groundwater in various geologic settings, prepare conservation plans for water resources at local and regional scales, and plan and manage water resources in the context of rising demands by various sectors. In addition, this concentration prepares you to tackle water-related natural and human-induced hazards. You will be well prepared to pursue a career with environmental and engineering consulting firms, mining and energy industries, and local-state-federal agencies. You will be qualified to attend graduate programs in water and environmental fields. Topics covered include:

  • Oceanography
  • Hydrogeology
  • Coastal Environmental Oceanography



Engineering Geology Concentration

This concentration prepares you to work as a geologist in the energy, engineering, and economic and mining geology fields. Engineering geologists are involved with exploration of rock, mineral, and energy resources of economic value. You will gain experience using geophysical techniques to interpret the subsurface and learn the fundamental principles of geological engineering, drilling, mining, and construction technologies.

Many graduates enter into the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, work for geological consulting companies, construction companies, quarries, local-state-federal government agencies, or continue with graduate studies.

Topics covered include:

  • Geology of Energy & Mineral Resources
  • Structural Geology
  • Geophysics & Tectonics



Geography and GIS Concentration

This concentration prepares you to deal with the nature and optimal uses of areas of the Earth's surface. You will learn to conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals. The GIS aspect of this concentration prepares you to create and modify maps, graphs, or diagrams, using geographical information software and related equipment.

Graduates of this concentration obtain employment in diverse fields, including geography, hydrology, oceanography, environment and engineering consulting firms, conservation agencies, planning, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, county GIS offices, and local-state-federal agencies. Topics covered include:

  • Advanced GIS
  • Environmental Geology
  • Geomorphology



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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Facilities: LHU’s use of state-of-the-art equipment will give you hands-on experience in preparation for real-world situations. Our equipment, located in the University’s new East Campus Science Center, includes:
      • Petrographic Microscopes
      • Scanning Electron Microscopes
      • X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer
      • Mercury Analyzer
      • Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) Analyzer
      • Electronic Total Station Survey Equipment
      • Frantz Magnetic Mineral Separator
      • GIS Software
  • Internships: Recent students have interned with:
      • Smithsonian Institution
      • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
      • Pennsylvania Geological Survey
      • Clinton County GIS Office
      • HRI, Inc.
      • Del Val Soils Engineering
      • PA Tectonics
  • Careers: It’s an exciting time to be an earth scientist. With a degree in geology from LHU you’ll be in high demand for careers in areas such as:
      • Hydrogeology & Water Resources
      • Oil & Gas Exploration
      • Mining
      • Seismology
      • Volcanology
      • Geophysics
      • Marine Geology
      • Environmental Consulting
  •  Employment: Recent students have found employment with:
      • The United States Geological Survey
      • Oil & Gas Companies
      • Environmental Companies
      • Conservation Districts
      • Bureau of Land Management
      • National Parks
      • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Student Learning Outcomes

Featured Program Faculty

full list of FACULTY


Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman
Loretta Dickson
Dr. Loretta Dickson
Thomas Wynn
Dr. Thomas Wynn

Want to Know More?

Department of Geology and Physics

Dr. Marian Tzolov
138A East Campus Science Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-3998

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