If you are interested in studying climate, identifying threats to water pollution or going to fields locating natural gas, then Geology offers choices galore.
Geology is similar to Geography with several overlapping topics. It, however, delves deeper looking at reason and logic. “Geography includes studies about the surface feature, rock structure, rural and urban population and various other aspects. Geology tries to determine how and when things came into shape,” said Devesh Kumar Sinha, head of DU’s Geology department.
Only two DU colleges offer the course at undergraduate level - Hansraj College and Ram Lal Anand College. Geography is offered at nine colleges.
Hansraj College also gives an option to enrol for a five-year integrated M.Sc. (Hons) Geology, which was introduced in 2012. There are about 30 seats for the course.
Science students, who have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB), are eligible for it.
Students can also study M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D from DU’s department of Geology.
With a lot of scope for research, the subject offers a whole lot of career options.
“The subject has both academic and economic interests. Geology is the only subject for which there is a ministry called Earth Sciences which looks into the resources of the country. Besides this, oil companies pick up geologists and students are hired by the Geological Survey of India and even taken for expeditions,” said Sinha.
After studying geology, one can become an environmental geologist, a marine geologist, a seismologist, a hydrologist among other options.
The Integrated M.Sc. (Hons) Geology was earlier known as Integrated M.Sc. in Earth Sciences
“Earth Sciences had a bigger ambit but when our students went to institues like the Indian School of Mines, they wanted a degree in Geology. That’s why the name has been changed. The course curriculum is the same,” said VK Kawatra, principal Hansraj College.