For Prospective Students
Message from the Chair
to the Tufts University Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences website! You are
likely exploring a number of colleges and departments in search of a
place where you plan to spend four years of your life. You are about
to make a serious leap in your intellectual experience, and are
seeking a place that will help to position you well for life after
college. Clearly this is an important decision. If you are spending
time on this site, you may be considering learning more about
science at Tufts and specifically the science of geology, and how it
could fit into your future.
Most of the geology students and professional geologists I know
found our interest in geology by accident (myself included!). We
were just looking through lists of courses for something different
and new, heard from a friend that geology courses were interesting,
or perhaps found a geology course that satisfied a requirement for
some other major.
Then we got captivated by geology itself. For me, it was the
realization that I could apply all my other science courses to
understand the complexities of the Earth – and I could do that while
working outdoors working in some astonishingly beautiful places!
Perhaps you are one of the few students who discovered geology
earlier, maybe in middle school or high school, or you live in
places where mountainous landscapes, beautiful deserts, or energy or
mineral resources are prominent, so geology is part of your everyday
experience. Some students enter college knowing that they want to
major in geology, or at least that they want to learn more about it.
Regardless of your background or interests, a geology course or two
is a great foundation to function as a knowledgeable voter and
citizen of Earth in the 21st century. And if you major in Geology
you will find an array of careers that benefit from having a degree
in a science that can be applied in a variety of fields.
This part of our website is intended to provide some information
distilled particularly for prospective students - What can you do
with a major in Geology after you graduate? What is it like to be a
student in our Department? These and other questions may be running
through your mind. Perhaps this website will not provide all the
answers, and I welcome your questions. I assure you that you will
receive a response from me within a day or two except under unusual
circumstances. Please contact me at