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Graduate School & Careers in the Geosciences

Below is information about going to graduate school in the geosciences, a list of graduate schools our students have attended in the past 10 years, a guide to careers in the geosciences, and a list of some of the wonderful businesses, agencies, schools -- and ranches -- our alums work for.

Graduate School

Here's a good link to a list of all the North American Geology Departments on the web. If you know a geographical boundary to your grad school search, this is a good place to start.

Peterson's Guide to grad schools on the web is pretty helpful. Not all school are represented, but it helps in terms of getting addresses to write to and some schools even have on-line info request forms.

Here's a list of schools our graduates have gone on to over the last 10 years. Many W&L graduates have gone on to top geoscience graduate programs.
  • Alaska Pacific University
  • Arizona State University
  • Asia Pacific University, Japan
  • Clemson
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Lehigh University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marshall University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Mississippi State University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • New Mexico State University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Nova Pacific University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Penn State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Stanford University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Temple University
  • Tulane University
  • Utah State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wyoming
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Yale University


Our alums not only go on to be research geologists, professors, oil executives, consultants, planners, fly-fishermen, and vintners, many go on to teach secondary or grade school or become lawyers, bankers, software developers, or doctors.

Organizations and companies, large and small, are particularly interested in hiring women geoscientists.

A nice guide to careers in the geosciences is provided by the AGI.

Here's a partial but representative list of employers our graduates have gone on to work for.

  • USGS
  • EPA
  • Chevron
  • Hess
  • Advanced Resources 
  • Anadarko
  • Northup Grumman
  • Central Oregon Irrigation District
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Devon
  • Dupont
  • Chesapeake
  • Cornell
  • Defense Mapping Agency
  • Young Oil Co.
  • Kutztown Univ.
  • Hudson Oil Co.
  • Petro Hunt
  • EPA
  • HRP Associates
  • Welder Exploration
  • Windswept Energy
  • Unversity of Florida
  • University of North Carolina,Charlotte
  • University of Maryland
  • Brown University
  • Halliburton
  • Wells Fargo
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Busbee Ranch Sales
  • Commerce Bank
  • Georgetown University
  • DeGroot Bril Earth Sciences
  • National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Shenandoah Northern Company
  • World Cast Anglers & Grand Targee Resort
  • Associates in Urology
  • Icon Petroleum
  • Hayek Kallen Investment Management
  • ARCADIS Geraghty
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  • Tuskegee Institute
  • Indigo Minerals
  • Scripps
  • Coppersmith Consulting
  • Rockbridge Vineyard
  • Columbia Prep School
  • Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure
  • Terracon Consultants
  • North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program
  • Exxon Mobil
  • The Sierra Club
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
  • North Carolina Outward Bound