Now offering an AOES Paleontology Minor

George Mason University’s College of Science is pleased to offer our new minor in Paleontology, one of the few colleges in the U.S.—and the only one in the D.C. metropolitan area—to offer this specialization.

“The paleontology minor offers geology students a way to focus their studies in a more biologically oriented field, since paleontology is at the intersection of biology and geology,” says Mark D. Uhen, Assistant Professor AOES Geology.

Explore the evolution of life from its beginnings in the Proterozoic era. Discover how marine animals’ fossil records have been affected by global climate change over the past 50 million years. Study the pattern of global climate change in the past by studying changes in microfossils.

In addition to the new GEOL 334, Vertebrate Paleontology, Professor Uhen is excited by BIOL 470, Dinosaur Biology—an upper level course that delves into the lives of dinosaurs through biomechanics and other intriguing approaches. This is a course that students won’t find at other universities and it adds a more biological dimension to students’ grounded physical science degree.

What can I do with a Paleontology minor?

Paleontology enhances an Earth Science, Geology, or other related degree. By allowing you to focus on a more biologically oriented field, you will gain knowledge of the deep interaction of the evolution of life and how it has affected the evolution of the Earth’s crust, the atmosphere, and the oceans.

Work with paleontologists in the field

With a science degree and a background in Paleontology, you will be prepared for work in contract paleontology, investigating construction sites for fossils before and during excavation or work in a paleontological preparation lab or fossil casting company.
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