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 minor allows students to pursue a comprehensive understanding of Earth systems that will complement their primary academic interests.
- 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
Learning happens both in and outside the classroom. Geoscience students can join organizations on-campus or venture off-campus for research and internship opportunities.
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.
She double majored in Spanish and environmental studies (an interdisciplinary second major) and minored in geosciences at Trinity, spending time procrastinating in Coates Library, munching on alpaca and piranha when studying abroad, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at Playfair and Bid Day.
“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.”
“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.”
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