Geosciences is the study of the geology and geochemistry of the natural world, physical and human geography, and challenges faced by communities and cities and their solutions. With a BS in Geosciences, you will choose an emphasis in Geology, Geoarchaeology or Geographical Science. If you’re passionate about the environment and are committed to improving stewardship of this world, a Geoscience 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 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 a Geoscience 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.