Anthropology & Earth Science
The MSUM Department of Anthropology & Earth Science offers three major programs, Anthropology, Geosciences & Earth Science Education. It provides a broad-based curriculum that blends the study of people and the Earth to help students understand the influences that have shaped both land and culture. Courses are taught by distinguished faculty who are highly active in conducting research and are frequently published in scholarly journals.
This degree weaves coursework through a variety of majors, with cross-listed classes in anthropology, geosciences, mathematics, biology, chemistry, geology and geospatial analysis, giving you a broad foundation and well-rounded experience to become a highly desired employee or graduate school candidate.
You will work in well-equipped labs and receive hands-on training with cutting-edge technology such as GPS equipment, GIS software, high precision GPS receivers, geospatial apps, geophysical equipment and drones.
Faculty actively engage with you to gain hands-on experience throughout your academic career. You will enjoy opportunities to participate in an array of field trips, conduct studies at the Regional Science Center, learn how to operate technical GPS equipment, conduct research with faculty mentors and attend local, regional and national conferences.
You’ll spend time observing, assisting and teaching in local classrooms for more than 100 hours prior to your student teaching experience, so you’ll be exceptionally prepared to lead your own classroom. Fieldwork is also a critical component of the major. You may participate in multiple formal field experiences, including one-day and multi-day field trips to see regional geology, an elective multi-week course, and possibilities for field work as part of research projects carried out with faculty.
MSUM’s Center for Geospatial studies has joined the global conversation on how to access, create and share geospatial data to enrich the lives of its community and to involve students in this cutting-edge technology.
The certificate in Geographic Information Science is an excellent add on if you’re interested in careers in Earth science. GIS is used widely in business, government, education, transportation, urban planning and other industries, for everything from decision making and strategic planning to environmental management and marketing.
The hallmark of the Anthropology & Earth Science department at MSUM is the dedicated faculty mentoring you receive beginning your freshman year through graduation. You will immerse yourself in meaningful, hands-on experiences that prepare you for interesting careers.
Karl Leonard presented at the 2022 Willston Basin Core WorkshopKarl Leonard (Geology Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science) presented research that he has done with students Hunter Brandt and Haley Tyler at the 2022 Williston Basin Core Workshop, August 10 and 11 at the North Dakota Geological Survey Core and Sample Library in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The workshop was organized by the North Dakota Geological […]
College for Kids & Teens Archaeology & Geoscience of a Ghost Town class uncovers history with MSUM StudentsCollege for Kids & Teens participants in the Archeology & Geoscience of a Ghost Town course had the opportunity to join MSUM Anthropology & Geoscience faculty & students at a local, active archaeological site! The experience led by Dr. Amanda Butler & Karl Leonard provided a one of a kind experience to area high schoolers. Archaeologists are uncovering history in […]
New Director of the Honors Program and Center for Engaged LearningI am happy to announce Dr. Erik Gooding is our new Director of the Honors Program and the Center for Engaged Learning. Erik is an anthropology professor in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science. He will draw upon his experiences as a community engagement director for a local Indigenous non-profit, his recent four-year participation in a Bush Foundation Community […]
Wild Inspired App Launch at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge June 13Please join faculty of Minnesota State University Moorhead and staff at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in the launch of our project, Wild Inspired. This event will take place on Sunday, June 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Visitors of the refuge will be instructed how to download the new “Wild Inspired” App, in Android or Apple formats for smartphones. Visitors […]
MSUM Faculty and Students Conduct Research at the Poverty Point World Heritage SiteLast week a group of students and faculty from Minnesota State University Moorhead traveled to the Poverty Point World Heritage Site in northeast Louisiana. The main focus of their efforts was to examine places of interest identified during a 3D Ground Penetrating Radar survey of the site in November 2019. This project, led by Rinita Dalan (Anthropology and Earth Science), […]