New Video Q&A Series: How Much Chemistry is in Geology?

Every week we get great questions from our friends about the science and study of geology. In this new series I’m going to answer your questions so keep them coming in!

Today’s question is about chemistry in geology.

This question is from Alexandra, she writes: How much chemistry is involved in geology? I’m not that great at chemistry but I’m very interested in geology.

 Hi there Alexandra, there is a fair amount of chemistry involved in geology but it is not a subject that should keep you from becoming a geologist. Mostly, you will learn about the chemical make-up of different minerals and, if you are in the environmental field, about different contaminants that can impact soil and water. Usually, geology majors take one year of basic chemistry classes in college. Depending on your school’s requirement, you may have to take a little more or less. If you are interested in environmental geology, I would also suggest that you take at least one semester of organic chemistry just so you can learn about the naming of various chemicals. Don’t let the chemistry requirements hold you back from studying geology. If you can handle geology, you can definitely handle chemistry!

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