Colleges and Universities

  • The Natural Science department provides courses in the physical sciences that are designed for non-science majors. The courses have no prerequisites.

  • Students in the CEESS program are concerned with both the technological problems and social aspects of environmental issues. Working in cooperation with the CEESS, they may participate in applied research. Their interdisciplinary course work includes the study of scientific principles used in environmental problem solving, and the study of the impact of economics, politics, and other social systems on environmental policies and practices.

    The minor in geology is coupled with a strong science major is valuable as preparation for graduate study in geology and related areas. A graduate degree is usually required for career advancement beyond entry level positions.

  • Students who discover in themselves a sense of excitement about the environment, mountains, climate change, volcanoes, fossils, rivers and earthquakes will find a good home in the Carleton College Geology Department.

    The geology department retains a spirit of exploration and adventure; fieldwork in the out of doors is central to our curriculum. The geology curriculum is flexible, rigorous, and rooted in the traditions of a liberal arts education.

  • Environmental Studies at Concordia is a multidisciplinary program seeking to promote and support ecological literacy for all students. Students pursuing either a major or minor will be prepared for graduate study or for employment in government, business and nonprofit organizations. In some cases, students may choose their own course of study to complete a major in the program.

  • Geology is the scientific study of the earth, including its composition, the processes that act on and within the earth, and the particular history of rock, events, and life forms that have occurred here. Geology is an important field of study in that it can help us locate, understand, and conserve our natural resources, understand and avoid natural hazards, and, most importantly, provide insight into the workings of the planet in order that we may better understand the context of human culture and activity.

  • The geology program at Macalester focuses on all aspects of the Earth. Students who take our courses explore the origin of the Earth and solar system, the formation of continents and oceans, the evolution and extinction of life, the distribution and availability of natural resources, and the impact of humans on the environment.

  • Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials, and its processes. It concerns itself with solving basic scientific problems and utilizing knowledge of the Earth for the benefit of mankind. Its concerns include but are not limited to soil preservation, water production and quality, hazards mitigation, resource exploration and production, engineering of structures large and small, climate change, and the history of life on Earth and the search for life on other planets.

  • The Geosciences Major provides students with an opportunity to understand the Earth, including processes that have shaped its past and those that will shape its future, and the relationships among place, landscape, climate, culture, economy, and people. Students can choose one of three emphases: Geology, Geoarchaeology, or Geographical Science.

    Geology is for those students interested in understanding how the Earth works presently and what has happened in Earth's ancient past. Students who choose this track will learn especially about our environment and its processes, stories of Earth's past, and the formation and extraction of natural resources of the Earth.

  • Environmental Science Program offers a diversified selection of courses in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences. Supporting courses in biology, chemistry and geology are an important part of this curriculum in that they provide additional skills and knowledge required of environmental scientists.

  • The earth and atmospheric sciences encompass a broad range of interdisciplinary fields built on a foundation of physical sciences and mathematics. The EAS department's major programs in geology, hydrology, meteorology, and earth and space science teaching are designed to effectively prepare students for productive careers in these professions or for continued study at the graduate level. The department is dedicated to providing an excellent learning environment for its students through the use and assessment of a variety of learning experiences including formal class work, laboratory and field work, learning through peer interaction, undergraduate research, and internships, while always being open to new and improved forms of learning.

  • Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the highest quality earth science education. We take great pride in a strong tradition of undergraduate geology, with many opportunities for field-based study and independent research. Our commitment to undergraduate education is reflected in our highly rated undergraduate research program. Our MS and PhD programs offer opportunities for research in a wide range of fields, from solid-earth geology and tectonics, to Quaternary and climate studies, lacustrine geochemistry, basin modeling, economic geology, and planetary geology.

  • All schools, colleges, and universities are dedicated to teaching; but a research university has the responsibility for discovery of new knowledge and for training the next generation of scholars and teachers. The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota has long been one of the nation's outstanding departments. It was established in 1874 and has a prestigious reputation for educating graduate students who have gone on to successful and productive careers throughout the world. The Department welcomes applications from students who wish to work at the cutting edge of earth sciences with faculty who are dedicated to establishing close working relationships with their graduate students. The faculty of the Department of Geology and Geophysics are involved in excellent research programs; thus they offer an opportunity to work with leaders in the various fields in the earth sciences as well as many other interdisciplinary programs offered here at the University. Graduate study in the Department of Geology and Geophysics is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We invite you to read our web pages to learn more about the programs and faculty associated with our department.

  • As a discipline, geology is classically defined as the study of the Earth. Over the years, however, the geosciences have evolved to encompass a broad range of subdisciplines, each focusing on a specific group of Earth processes.

    In practice, geologists also draw heavily on the allied sciences of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology. Thus, geology is an interdisciplinary science, and in some cases to such a degree that there exist, for example, the subdisciplines of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and geophysics.

  • The University of St. Thomas geology department is a great place to do interdisciplinary science, integrating chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering to understand the Earth. The geology department also plays a key role in the new Environmental Science BS degree at UST, which brings together all of the science departments at the university.

  • Geoscience is the study of the earth - its atmosphere, hydrosphere, internal composition, structure, processes, and history. Geoscientists study the earth at present, using the outdoors as their laboratory, where studies of rocks, landforms and earth processes enable geologists to decipher earth's history and to predict its future. The earth is dynamic, and processes that act to shape the earth are complex and inter-related. Thus, all courses within the department are related to one another in unraveling the complex picture of the planet on which we live.

    The department offers a range of introductory courses to expose students to the wide variety of processes active on earth, to develop an understanding of interactions between humans and the environment, and to help build an appreciation for the place of people in earth's long history.