Hello @deenosaur ,
I'm a 2nd year Geology student at the University of Southampton and I can say that I am definitely enjoying it. For first year, I actually took Geology with Physical Geography and I ended up changing it to a pure Geology course as I found the geology bit more interesting, however this was just my decision and would be different for others. At this uni, Environmental Geoscience and Geology are relatively interchangable and it's quite easy to change between the two degrees as they both use similar skills, and I think that applies to many other unis (though don't take my word for it!).
I actually think both courses are equally as applicable and interesting and also very similar. I would say that Geology has more focus in the past processes that influenced Earth's systems while Environmental Geoscience is more interested in the modern-day processes and how humans are changing them, which I think would be really interesting. Geology is an older and more established discipline and environmental geoscience is newer and mixes ideas from multiple disciplines. In the end, I think both are quite good courses to go down and lead to very similar careers.
I would strongly suggest attending any open days or offer holder days you may have at the uni and ask more detailed questions to lecturers or students there! They would have a much better idea of what their courses entail and what would be best for you personally.
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