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Field of Study: Geochemistry

Introduction

Geochemistry prepares people to use chemistry to understand the Earth and the chemical elements found in rocks, soils, and water.

 

Overview

Geochemistry programs include topics such as:

  • Chemical thermal dynamics
  • Atomic bonding
  • Geochemical modeling
  • Crystal geochemistry
  • Isotope fractionation

Schools
A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in geochemistry. Some schools offer an interdisciplinary program. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In geochemistry it may be geology and chemistry. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in geochemistry. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.