If you are interested in the science of our changing planet, natural resources, and environmental issues facing our society, then the LHU Geology major is exactly what you are looking for. Your small class sizes will guarantee that you will get the personal instruction you need to succeed. And you will get hands-on experience with field and laboratory equipment used in the exploration of natural resources and real-world problem solving.                       

Students may choose to enter one of five concentrations: Applied Geology, Water & Environment, Engineering Geology, Geography & GIS and Secondary Education Earth & Space Science or General Science.                       

You will participate in exciting weekend field trips each semester to study unique geologic features in various settings, including the world class geologic outcrops right here in our area. You may work with the faculty on research in such areas as water resources, acid mine drainage, paleoclimatic change, mass extinction impact events, and volcanic and magmatic processes. You may also become involved in international research dealing with coal and water resources on a local, regional, and global scale by studying the impact of coal mining and agricultural practices in Central Pennsylvania on water quality.                       

In addition, our very active Geology Club welcomes you to join them on field trips, hiking and camping trips, fossil digs, mineral collecting trips, and community service projects.                       


The hands-on learning you will receive by working in real-life situations is invaluable for future employment or entrance into graduate school. Some recent internships that our students have experienced include working with the New Jersey Geological Survey, the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, HRI, Inc., Del Val Soils Engineering, the Black Hills Institute, Hillis-Carnes Engineering, and PA Tectonics.