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Picking majors - March 31st 2010, 08:47 AM

Okay so I've been having trouble choosing a major for college. I want to do something that will make me quite a bit of money and where the field is relatively easy to get into after i graduate.

I really like Geology and was thinking that it would be a great major... but I'm not amazing at math and i don't loooooove numbers so I never really tried in my highschool classes. I think if I put effort into it I could do well. I score about equally well in math as I do in english on standardized tests, and I am always quite above average, but I did not take any chemistry or calculus because I had to quite school and get my GED. This worries me. Do you have to be an exceptional math whiz to do this major?

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Re: Picking majors - April 3rd 2010, 05:13 PM

Wow, well follow your heart and your dream if you want this job that you like to have, get the best grades all you need and then you should find yourself in that job that you love.

It may take some time (years or less) and some funding research but you should pull yourself through.
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Re: Picking majors - April 3rd 2010, 05:50 PM

What I did was a bunch of pros and cons for all the different majors that I want to be in. Then I finally narrowed down 2 that I will be going to college for and my parents have agreed to let me. It works great! Give it a shot!

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Re: Picking majors - April 4th 2010, 05:45 AM

having a GED with little math and chem may require you to take some remedial courses in college, but it will help you. As far as a career, with any kind of combined geology/engineering degree, you can walk into a job out of college. Most popular ones include natural resource excavation where you analyze data and determine where possible deposits of oil, natural gas, gold, etc are.
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Re: Picking majors - April 4th 2010, 06:55 AM

Some members of my family are geologists or geochemists or geoscientists, and for geology, there appears to be a good deal of math needed in order to understand the various rock movements and other processes that make the mineral what it is. It's a pretty lucritive field depending what exactly you get into. Things like natural gas and oil is a huge field because everyone wants it but other things such as precious gems is also a big field but it's big only in certain areas. I'm not familiar with the US so cant help you there.

But to help below is a link to the courses and such needed for a major in Geology at the university I attend, University of Toronto in Canada.
http://www.artsandscience.utoronto.c...ar/prg_glg.htm and http://www.artsandscience.utoronto.c...ar/crs_glg.htm

If you're going to involve engineering in it though, you must be very good at math and the programs are notoriously rigid (i.e. little flexibility as to what to take in comparison to other majors).
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