Explore the mysteries of the Earth

Geological sciences are central to fundamental problems of today’s world. All of our major environmental problems—clean water shortages, global warming and sea level rise, land use, natural hazards, soil depletion, pollution, stormwater remediation, and the availability of key natural and energy resources—find their scientific roots, and their ultimate solutions, within the geological sciences.

Experiential Learning and Travel Opportunities

Today’s Geoscientists increasingly lean on computer models of water, the climate and the solid earth, in addition to having strong field and laboratory work skills. Our highly motivated faculty and diverse population of students take full advantage of URI’s unique location at the Atlantic coastline and in the formerly glaciated New England region. We also work extensively on water issues in south and southeast Asia, explore the hydrology of arctic deltas, and conduct geobiology research in California, to name just a few of our current field projects. Our field trips and J-Term will take you to places that range from local beaches to the Grand Canyon, to Indonesia, and to other outstanding locations where you can apply your Geoscience skills.


The highly marketable skills of our graduates ensure employment in many fields, including federal, state, and local government, consulting and energy industries, academia, and non-governmental organizations. Our program also offers a certificate in hydrology for those who seek to further enhance their skill set.