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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
    • Faculty awarded $19,561 for ‘Shark Tank’ Presentation
      MSUM faculty were awarded $19,561 (full funding) for their Minnesota Innovation Grant “Shark Tank” Presentation, “Finding Refuge: Using GIS Technology […]
    • Geosciences professors, student publish manuscript
      Prior MSUM Geography student, Jacob Larson and Geosciences professors Dr. David Kramar and Dr. Karl Leonard published “A Geostatistical Analysis […]
    • Anthropology and Earth Science Department student accepted into graduate program
      Christine Lidenberg has been accepted to the Master’s program in Geography at the University of North Dakota with placement as […]
    • Michlovic, Holley and Dalan publish article
      Michael Michlovic (emeritus), George Holley and Rinita Dalan (Department of Anthropology and Earth Science) published an article “Archaeology of the […]
    • Dr. Kramar, students attend ND Geospatial Summit
      Dr. David Kramar from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Sciences and six MSUM students attended the 2019 ND Geospatial […]
    • Student places in ND Geospatial Summit paper competition
      MSUM student Asami Minei won second place in the undergraduate student paper competition at the 2019 North Dakota Geospatial Summit. […]
    • Geosciences faculty, students attend workshop
      Karl Leonard, Professor of Geosciences, and two geoscience students (David Ahumada and Karissa Beierle) attended the 2019 Williston Basin Core […]
    • Minei wins student poster competition at GIS/LIS conference
      Geosciences student Asami Minei won first place in the student poster competition at the 29th Annual MN GIS/LIS Conference. Her […]
    • Dr. Kramar, students present research at GIS/LIS conference
      Dr. David Kramar from the Department of Anthropology and Earth Sciences presented his research entitled “Estimation of Total Above-Ground Biomass […]
    • Dr. Sando assists in placing largest geocache in Minnesota
      Dr. Paul Sando assisted in the placement of the largest Geocache in Minnesota (and possibly the largest nationally) right here […]
    • Holley publishes article in the Minnesota Archaeologist
      George Holley, Department of Anthropology and Earth Science has published an article “Incised Catlinite Tablets from the Red River Valley […]
    • Drs. Gooding, Sando present at Railroads in Native America Conference
      Dr. Erik Gooding and Dr. Paul Sando were both selected to present at the Railroads in Native America Conference in […]
    • MSUM receives national grant for archaeological research at Poverty Point World Heritage Site
      Minnesota State University Moorhead has been awarded a 2019 Preservation Technology and Training Grant for $29,577 from the United States […]
    • Wallace, Kramar and students attend Nutrient Network Workshops
      Dr. Alison Wallace from Biosciences and Dr. David Kramar from Anthropology and Earth Sciences attended the 2019 Nutrient Network Workshops […]
    • Dalan, Holley attend International Conference on Archaeological Prospection
      Rinita Dalan and George Holley (Anthropology and Earth Science) will attend the 13th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection from August […]
    • Holley, Fleming awarded $150,000 grant
      The Minnesota Historical Society and the Oversight Board of the Statewide Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites awarded George Holley, […]
    • Bachmeier facilitates Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara (MHA, Three Affiliated Tribes Nation) traditional pottery-making revival efforts
      The Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance invited Professor Brad Bachmeier to help facilitate a pottery workshop June 17-18 at Twin Buttes, […]
    • Noyce internships available
      Interested in sharing your enthusiasm for Science and Math? Noyce internships are available for Math and Science majors. Interns are […]
    • Indigenous Cultural Appropriation and the Boy Scouts of America
      Wednesday, April 24 | 7 p.m. | King 110 Please join the American Indian Center, MSUM AISA, and MSUM Anthropology in a discussion and presentation on […]
    • Leonard, students attend Geological Science of America meeting
      Karl W. Leonard and four students from Anthropology and Earth Science attended a joint session meeting of the Geological Science […]
  • 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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