New bachelor's degree in
petroleum geology announced
Muskingum University has announced a new major in petroleum geology, adding
to current majors in geology, environmental science, conservation science and
earth science. Muskingum also offers minors in earth science and geology.
“Graduates of this new program will be needed to fill jobs within the growing
oil and gas industry or in governmental agencies,” said Dr. Stephen R.Van Horn,
associate professor of geology at Muskingum. Graduates might also choose to
pursue a graduate degree, Dr. Van Horn explained.
The new major builds upon the strengths of Muskingum’s current geology
department. Courses in Introduction to Well Logging, Sedimentary
Petrology, Petroleum Geology and Subsurface Geology have
been added to the existing curriculum to create this new academic offering.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for
geoscientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the
average for all occupations. “The need for energy, environmental protection and
responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for
geoscientists in the future,” according to the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook