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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.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Anthropology & Earth Science Degree
    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.
    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    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.

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  • Anthropology & Earth Science Deparment News
    • Dr. Sando to speak at Forum on Contemporary Issues in Geography
      Dr. Paul Sando will be the speaker at UND’s Forum on Contemporary Issues in Geography on Feb. 7. His talk […]
    • Math Seminar: Professor David Kramar
      Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 4 p.m. | Bridges 268 Professor David Kramar of the Anthropology and Earth Science Department will […]
    • Faculty attend, present at 2017 Minnesota GIS and LIS Conference
      Faculty from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science attended the 2017 Minnesota GIS and LIS Conference in Bemidji. In […]
    • Drs. Kramar, Branden publish article with student co-authors
      Dr. David Kramar of the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, and the Center for Geospatial Studies, and Dr. Karen […]
    • Faculty Present at International Conference on Archaeological Prospection
      Rinita Dalan and George Holley (Anthropology and Earth Science) recently attended the 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection at the […]
    • Drs. Dosch, Paul lead study abroad course in Dominican Republic
      Dr. Mary Dosch, Psychology, and Dr. David Paul, Counseling and Student Affairs, recently returned from co-teaching a 12 day study […]
    • Leonard attends Drone Focus Conference
      Karl Leonard, Associate Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science, attended the annual Drone Focus Conference […]
    • Study in Tanzania this summer, earn undergraduate or graduate-level credits
      ANTH 490/STL 490/590 Health, Education, and Environment in Tanzania Today will be a unique immersive, experiential educational opportunity focused on […]
    • Prehistoric beachfront property: Locating prehistoric deposits and landforms at the Regional Science Center
      Featuring Dr. Garry Running, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Department of Geography and Anthropology Monday, April 3 | 4 p.m. | Center for […]
    • Meet the new Noyce scholars
      By Lexi Byler, MSUM Marketing Intern MSU Moorhead’s Robert Noyce Grant Project gives current students majoring in science or mathematics, […]
    • Student poster exhibit on display at Moorhead Public Library
      “Our Immigrant Neighbors,” a poster exhibit celebrating the contributions that a diverse immigrant population has made to our region, is […]
    • Dalan and MSUM alumna publish in Remote Sensing journal
      Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, MSUM alumna Rebecca Wallace (Geoarchaeology 2017), and colleagues from the Midwest Archeological Center of […]
    • Study abroad in Tanzania this summer
      The ANTH 390/ED 390 Health, Education, and Environment in Tanzania Today course, led by Dr. Bruce Roberts (Anthropology/Earth Science) and […]
    • Local site gains National Historic Landmark status
      An archaeological site in the Sheyenne River Valley was recently declared a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the […]
    • Colson Publishes ‘Learning to Read the Earth and Sky’
      Russ Colson, Anthropology and Earth Sciences, has recently published a book on earth science for secondary science teachers and others […]
    • MSUM ‘Frontier Foundations: the History of Early Moorhead’ Exhibit Opening at the Hjemkomst Center Dec. 13
      A traveling exhibit of 11 panels on Early Moorhead will be opening at the Hjemkmost Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13. […]
    • Dille Fund for Excellence Grants
      Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Rachel Stotts (Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences): […]
    • Save the Date: GIS Day is Wednesday, Nov. 16
      GIS Day is an international celebration showcasing real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS), providing a forum to explore the […]
    • MSUM Faculty Members, Alumni Attend Geospatial Analysis Conference
      A Faculty Development Associates team comprised of Andrew Chen, Computer Science and Information Systems; Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Sciences; […]
    • Dalan, Wallace Participate in ArcheoBlitz
      Rinita Dalan (Anthropology & Earth Science) and Rebecca Wallace (Geoarchaeology major) participated in an “ArcheoBlitz” May 5-7 at the Knife […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    MSUM Anthropology & Earth Science graduates possess a solid foundation in applied anthropology, geosciences and earth science. You will be prepared for a satisfying career in your chosen field.
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