The sustainability of energy and environmental resources are two of the biggest scientific challenges we face nationally and globally. Our goal is to equip you — the next generation of scientists — with the tools you need to work in these fields and address our complex problems. You will learn it all in south Louisiana, where exploration for energy is rooted, and where more than 40% of the country's wetlands are.
There's a skyrocketing demand for Earth and Environmental Scientists. In a place with strong industrial and environmental activities, and at the forefront of important societal challenges as hurricanes impact and coastal land preservation, the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences is in the thick of it all.
But Geosciences is not only this, it is much more:
Geoscience majors enjoy an employment rate of 99.04% nationwide, the third highest rating!
"Geosciences majors, who study to enter careers in earth science, energy extraction, and natural preservation, are among the least likely to be unemployed and some of the best-paid college graduates. The average geosciences degree holder earns more than triple the average salary of college graduates. Geoscientists have great future job prospects as there will likely be continued demand for improvements in energy technology" (USA Today).
"The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of U.S. geoscientists will be 5% higher in 2029 than it was in 2019, a faster job growth rate than the average across all U.S. occupations. As of May 2019, the median salary among U.S. geoscientists, excluding hydrologists and geographers, was $92,040, according to the bureau" (US News)
Our faculty and student-led research is known around the world. Our student team is the only one in the world that has won the prestigious International Imperial Barrel Award three times. We've revolutionized detecting carbon dioxide levels, giving us a way to look 400 million years into the past. We're curators of the Geology Museum, a place to research and exhibit fossils, minerals, and rocks.
We're not lofty academics — we like to get our hands dirty to contribute creating a better society.
With our undergraduate and master's programs, you can get your hands dirty, too.