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Geology majors acquire a variety of skills in field and laboratory-based data collection, analysis and scientific communication. These skills enable them to succeed in a wide range of careers throughout government, industry and consulting, or they continue on in graduate studies to become professional scientists. Through individual academic advising by geology faculty, majors are guided into diverse elective offerings best suited for their career interests. Geology majors are mentored in capstone research projects or internships by faculty engaged in active research programs.

Purpose of academic advisement

The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas. We strongly encourage you to consult the Geology Department PDF iconAcademic Advising Syllabus (PDF). The syllabus describes detailed advising activities and strategies and clarifies the roles and expectations of faculty and students alike in the advising relationship. It also indicates how and when the contents of the syllabus will be covered.

Seeking other kinds of advisement

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to geology.  There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services office can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Advising within Geology

  • Course selection
  • Fulfilling the requirements of the major
  • General distribution and minor requirements within CAS
  • Capstone Experience: Advanced Field Geology (GEOL 201)
  • Planning for off-campus studies, internships and other opportunities
  • Navigating the Four Year Plan
  • Research opportunities in the department
  • Career ideas and opportunities

All advisors hold regular office hours; please check the Geology faculty directory to see when your advisor is available and to find contact information to arrange an appointment.

Geology minors or students considering a minor/major who would like advice are welcome to make an appointment with the Department Chair, or to reach out informally to professors they know in the department.


Advising within the College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor changes: leaves and sabbaticals

If and when your advisor goes on sabbatical or other leave, you will be assigned temporarily to another faculty member until your advisor returns and resumes duties; if you are being reassigned, the department’s administrative assistant will send you an email letting you know the name of your acting advisor.

Advisor changes: student initiated

If, for any reason, you would like to change your advisor, please contact the Department Chair.

Additional Resources: Careers, Research, Graduate School, etc.

The geology department is committed to helping students learn more about their chosen field of study and the opportunities associated with it. As nationally and internationally-known scholars with successful careers, our faculty members have a wealth of expertise to share about academic work in geology, graduate programs in geology and related disciplines, and more. In addition to consulting individual faculty members about these issues, we strongly encourage you to attend regular events devoted to the following topics:

Research opportunities: offers an overview of various research opportunities in the department, and how to get involved (usually offered in January and September).

Internships: explains how and why to pursue an internship, discussing timelines, placement options, scholarship opportunities for summer, credit options, and more (usually offered in January and September).

Applying to graduate school in geology: explores when and if to apply, what materials you need to prepare, how to choose a program, and what job prospects are like in the field (usually offered in the fall semester).

Crafting a personal statement for graduate school applications: offers the chance to get feedback on your personal statement in a peer-editing workshop, guided by a faculty member (usually offered in the fall semester).

What will you do and how will you get there?

UVM's Career Center and 4-Year Plan to Career Success has been written about in USA Today and beyond. It's that good. Be in touch with the Career Center early at UVM -- your advisor can tell you more.