The Challenges of Earth Systems

The world needs professionals who desire to be stewards of the Earth. At Michigan Tech, dig deep into your studies to understand our planet—and strike a delicate balance between our society’s need for natural resources and our responsibility to preserve the environment.

Geology is the study of the earth, earth materials, and earth systems; it is a physical and natural science. Geologists inquire into some of humankind’s most enigmatic challenges. Their work sheds light on global concerns including

  • Responsible natural resource development
  • Environmental protection
  • Global climate prediction
  • Land-use planning
  • Natural and human-induced hazard investigation and mitigation
  • Water-supply maintenance

As a geologist, explore and extract minerals or energy resources, dispose of nuclear and chemical waste, choose the best sites for structures, or study natural hazards—such as volcanoes or earthquakes—and figure out how to minimize their impact on people.

Geology in the Field and Lab

The daily duties of geoscientists, such as geologists, include investigating natural phenomena, collecting data on location, interpreting the results in a lab, and writing reports. Field studies bring geoscientists to diverse landscapes around the globe—from volcanoes to oceans to oil fields. Geoscientists must have the ability to develop a picture of a field site based on limited data; therefore, sound critical-thinking skills are advantageous in this discipline. Due to the nature of their work, these professionals must adapt to a variety of situations and working conditions.