Environmental Geology provides you with an opportunity to understand the physical systems and processes of the earth, including processes that have shaped its past and those that will shape its future, with a particular emphasis on those aspects of rock, water, air, soil, and life where humans and the earth interact. If you’re passionate about the environment and are committed to improving stewardship of this world, an Environmental Geology degree may be for you.
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.
Fieldwork is a critical component of the major. You may participate in multiple formal field experiences, including a cultural tour of East Africa, A Midwest ethnographic field study or archeological field schools in Minnesota and the Dakotas, among other opportunities as they arise.
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.
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.
MSUM’s Archaeology Lab provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with small- and large-scale projects in North Dakota and Minnesota involving federal, state and local agencies.
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, first authorized under the National Science Foundation, responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. Noyce scholars are eligible for full financial assistance, faculty mentoring plus additional academic and professional benefits.
The hallmark of an Environmental Geology major 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 or graduate school.