Engage in the Scientific Study of the Earth

Study the composition, structure and physical aspects of the earth in a program that explores multiple scientific disciplines to build your analytical and technical knowledge of geosciences. Conduct individual, faculty-led or team research projects to extend your learning outside of the classroom.

Learn Science by Doing Science

Geoscience students participate in extensive laboratory and field studies to professionally apply and integrate what they’ve learned to complex, real-world geologic problems. You’ll attend a senior-level geology field camp, work as colleagues in the field with your professors, take on exciting internships and have opportunities to use adventure as your educational asset. 

students and faculty in an underground cave

Facts & Figures

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


employment growth through 2028*

32k +

geosciences jobs projected in the U.S. through 2028*


median annual salary for geoscientists*

Apply Your Passion for the Earth

You will leave well-prepared for productive careers in a number of fields, including science, academia, government, industry and nonprofit institutions. The major also provides solid training for the exploration of graduate studies in geosciences and its sub-disciplines. 

Rider graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at prestigious schools such as Brown University. So where can a Rider degree in geosciences lead you?

Common Careers and Organizations

  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental consultant or specialist
  • Geographer
  • Educator
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Gateway National Recreation Area-Sandy Hook
  • Consulting Firms (e.g. Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Weston Solutions consulting; Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Inc.; Earth Engineering Incorporated; Clean Earth, Inc.)
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Major Requirements

The geosciences major features a broad and challenging curriculum, which emphasizes and investigates many of the important geologic subdisciplines. These include rock-forming mechanisms and controls, deformational and tectonic processes, the weathering and erosion of geologic materials, the transport and deposition of derived sediments and the evolutionary history of earth.


Muhammad Y. Sarwar
I did field, lab and analytical work. I participated on teams as well as spent time figuring things out on my own. I also presented research at professional meetings — an invaluable experience that made my learning relevant.
Muhammad Y. Sarwar '15
Geosciences (B.S.)
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How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

Students standing on volcanic ash in the galapagos


Geosciences (B.S.)

Kathleen Browne

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences

SCI 324C

browne [at] rider.edu


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