The study of geology at Florida State University emphasizes environmental geology, geochemistry, and hydrology and also has significant expertise in coastal, surficial, tectonic, and sedimentary geology; giving students the opportunity to study broadly in the discipline. Students interested in becoming a professional geologist enroll in the Environmental Science undergraduate degree and take coursework that qualifies them to sit for the Professional Geologist Exam and qualifies them for employment as a Federal or Florida State geologist. Geologists at Florida State University have unique facilities at their disposal.
Sedimentary geology, aqueous geochemistry, hydrology, coastal and marine geology
Environmental geology encompasses many traditional areas of geology, employing geologic principles and techniques to investigate and mitigate issues related to geohazards, development, land use practices, and the introduction of contaminants into the environment.
Cosmochemistry, stable isotopes, high-temp geochemistry, mantle geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry
Geochemistry applies chemistry to a wide variety of earth processes, such as investigating the composition/evolution of the earth's mantle, using chemistry of extraterrestrial samples to explore the formation of the solar system, determining isotopic distributions as evidence of past climates and environments, and exploring the sources and movement of contaminants in natural waters.
Hydrology, aquifer modeling, aqueous geochemistry, surface water processes, aquifer pollution
Hydrology uses mathematics and computer modeling to investigate how groundwater moves through rocks and sediments, how pollutants are transported and react with their surroundings, and how moving water transports sediment and reshapes the earth's surface.
Marine geology, coastal geology, paleontology, biostratigraphy, stratigraphy, sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, paleoecology, evolutionary paleontology
Sedimentary geology employs sediments and fossils to study past environments, analyzes microfossils to date earth materials and clarify evolutionary theory, quantifies the processes that shape coastal and other transitional environments, and deciphers the history of global change from marine sediments.
Structural geology, plate tectonics, orogenics, igneous and metamorphic petrology
Tectonics explores the developmental history of mountainous regions, investigates how plate tectonic processes reshape the continents, and studies rock formations to reveal past conditions in the deep crust and shallow mantle.