Geologists continue to be in high demand in an increasingly complex technological world. Demand for technically competent geology graduates is at its highest relative to the energy and mining industries and has also significantly increased in government and regulatory agencies. Of particular note relative to the oil and gas and mineral resource extraction is the booming Marcellus shale gas extraction and oil shale extraction sectors. Further, offshore and remote area oil exploration initiatives are at an all-time high. The department seeks to provide majors with course offerings which build upon a sound foundation for entry level employment in any geologic employment sector and/or for continuation in graduate level geology education.