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What Geoscientists Do:
Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future.  Geoscientists use a wide variety of tools, both simple and complex. During a typical day in the field, they may use a hammer and chisel to collect rock samples and then use ground-penetrating radar equipment to search for oil or minerals. In laboratories, they may use x rays and electron microscopes to determine the chemical and physical composition of rock samples. They may also use remote sensing equipment to collect data, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling software to analyze the data collected.

Work Environment:
Most geoscientists split their time between working in offices and laboratories, and working outdoors. Doing research and investigations outdoors is commonly called fieldwork and can require extensive travel to remote locations and irregular working hours.  For example, oceanographers may spend months at sea on a research ship, and researchers studying advanced topics may need to collaborate with top scientists around the world. Extensive travel and long periods away from home can be physically and psychologically demanding.

How to Become a Geoscientist:
Geoscientists need at least a bachelor’s degree for most entry-level positions. However, some workers begin their careers as geoscientists with a master’s degree. A Ph.D. is necessary for most basic research and college teaching positions.  A degree in geoscience is preferred by employers, although a degree in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, or computer science usually is accepted if it includes coursework in geology.

The median annual wage for geoscientists was $89,780 in May 2016.

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San Francisco, CA

The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit institution in California's Bay Area. The school tries to emphasize its Jesuit mission in every degree program offered. Students participate in service-learning courses, during which academic coursework is complemented by volunteer work around San
Francisco. The university at large is committed to bettering the community, including through partnerships with local organizations and work through the school's research centers and institutes. More than 90 percent of freshmen live in on-campus housing.

USF has about 100 clubs and organizations for students to consider joining, including a handful of fraternities and sororities. The USF Dons sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The teams get their unique name, Don, or Spanish nobleman, from early Spanish settlers who came to California. Notable USF alumni include Starbucks co-founder Gordon Bowker and former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Students choose USF for a variety of reasons: the competitive academic environment with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the opportunity to translate
thought to action, our core values, the spirit of a unique, world-class city, the diverse student body from 49 states and 94 countries — take your pick. We have the honors to back it up.
  • US News and World Report ranked USF eighth among national universities for undergraduate student ethnic diversity and 7th in international student enrollment.
  • USF is placing students in medical school at almost twice the national average.
  • Payscale ranked USF among the top 10 schools in the nation in terms of salary potential for students who earn a degree in social sciences in its 2014-2015 Payscale Potential Salary Reports.
  • The USF undergraduate psychology program was ranked among the top ten up and coming undergraduate psychology programs in the West in 2015 by bestpsychology degrees.com.
  • The Princeton Review named USF one of the "Best Western Colleges".

Website: www.usfca.edu

Quick Facts:

Medium-sized - 6,745 total undergrads
1,587 degree-seeking freshmen

$39,676 average financial aid package
55% of financial need met (average)
Tuition and fees: $46,250

Admissions Requirements

ACT or SAT - Required
SAT Subject - Optional

Acceptance Rate: Somewhat Selective, 71% of applicants admitted

Test Score Average:
ACT: 23-28
GPA: 3.62

Admissions Office:

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Phone: (415) 422-6563
Toll Free: (800) 225-5873
Fax: (415) 422-2217
Email: admissions@usfca.edu
Contact: April Crabtree, Director of Admissions