Careers: Geologist, Seismologist
Learn to: Work on the edge of Earth's plates
Students of other scientific disciplines are usually stuck crunching data in a lab somewhere, but for about 20 majors in the Caltech GPS, life is much more adventurous. Last fall, students went to southern Peru to follow a line of 100 seismometers placed along the Nazca plate, which intersects the South America plate at the western edge of the continent and unleashes huge earthquakes, like the 8.8 monster that struck Chile last year.
Read more about Earth plate study here.