Geology Degree at Mississippi State University

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Geology Degree

The geology degree program at Mississippi State University will help students gain knowledge in the earth sciences, including the behavior of solids, liquids, and gases that compromise the earth, as well as the forces that act upon it. Students who graduate the geology degree program may follow a career path in paleontology, stratigraphy, geological mapping, and more. Courses include instruction in historical geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology, the chemistry of rocks and soils, mineralogy, petrology, geostatistics, volcanology, glaciology, and geophysical principles. Get more details below including other Mississippi colleges that offer geology degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Geology Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Mississippi State University has offered the following programs for students:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree

Students by Academic Level (2013)

Bachelor's Degree70
Master's Degree90

Students by Gender (2013)


Students by Race (2013)

American Indian3
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders2

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Geology program at Mississippi State University, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Natural Sciences Managers


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, natural sciences managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 7.7% from 2010 to 2020

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers


Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 21.2% from 2010 to 2020



Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, hydrologists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 17.8% from 2010 to 2020

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Geology Programs in Mississippi

Geology programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

University of Mississippi

University, MS
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  • Type: 4-Year Public College


  • Geology (B)

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College


  • Geology (B)

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 7 students completed this program


  • Geology (B,M)
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical (B,M)

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