The study of geosciences provides Tigers an understanding of Earth’s systems and the transformation of those systems through time. Tigers learn about the exploration and conservation of natural resources as well as human environmental impacts upon the Earth. The department offers two concentrations in the B.S., including a concentration in Geology and a concentration in Environmental Geosciences.
- A majority of courses integrate a fieldwork component
- Tigers perform research with faculty who are active scholars
- Most Tigers who pursue graduate work receive full financial support
What You'll Study
Down to Earth
Trinity faculty are active researchers who lead students beyond the classroom, acting as mentors to students and partnering with these Tigers on groundbreaking research that is published in tier-one journals.
Break New Ground
When You Graduate
Shift the Field
Our graduates have been to the ocean floor, commanded spacecraft, used military seismic networks, and installed instruments in Antarctica. Armed with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, Tigers make contributions that shift the field itself, and graduates’ liberal arts backgrounds provide a solid foundation for future leadership roles.
“In every Trinity class we were expected to present and defend our ideas, whether it was through written papers or class presentations,” says Schwed. “That translates nicely into my collaborative work environment today where I constantly have to express my technical work and defend it.”
Fermentation never sleeps, according to Christian Palmaz ‘07, CEO of Palmaz Vineyards. During harvesting season, fermentation happens when you’re sleeping, when you’re eating...or when you’re fighting fires.
“I love geology because it’s the story of how the earth was created—how it evolved. And at Trinity, we learned in the real world. We’d take trips to field sites in Colorado, the Guadalupe Mountains, and West Texas. All of the time you learn social skills, and you learn how to work as a team.”
Geosciences graduates pursue careers across the fields of energy, geology, policy, environment, and beyond. Tigers are valued as professionals with a high level of technical expertise and problem-solving ability blended with a versatile and adaptable skill set stemming from their liberal arts background.
Graduate Schools or Programs:
- Baylor University
- Colorado School of Mines
- New York University
- Northwestern University
- Penn State University
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Stanford University
- University of Kansas
- University of Texas at Austin
- Energy industry
- Environmental and geological consulting
- State and federal environmental and geological agencies
Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:
- Energy companies like Chevron and ConocoPhillips
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Other government agencies such as the CIA and FBI
- Southwest Research Institute
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- U.S. Geological Survey