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Salt Lake City – Over the last decade, there has been a huge expansion of the fuel industry, and with it, a rapid increase in the demand for mineral exploration. Due to this recent boom, geologists have become some of the most highly sought after industry experts both nationally and regionally.
To address this new demand, Westminster College has created a new geology major to teach students the fundamental techniques and principles necessary for working in this expanding field.
“With all of its natural resources, Utah is a natural place for a geology major,” said David Goldsmith, Westminster geology professor and program chair. “Jobs in geology are abundant and well-paying—even with just a bachelor’s degree. As a result, there has been a huge increase in geology enrollment nationwide.”
Local companies, such as Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper, are one of the many businesses that are seeking employees with a sound background in geology to help move their industry forward.
Westminster’s geology program will teach students to understand the processes that act on the earth, to use techniques and methods used by geologists to obtain geological data and to understand the interactions between geologic processes and human activity. Students will take courses that incorporate traditional lecture-style classes with hands-on lab and fieldwork. Ultimately, successful students will leave the program with a bachelor of science and the skills necessary to pursue a career in the field of geology.