Why Study Geology?

Geology is a scientific discipline with many opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities

Skills apply to the Geosciences and many other fields.

Choose from a variety of majors & minors

Find the program that works for you.

Learn geology in the Southwestern US

Build essential field skills in our GEOL 260 field course.

Explore environmental changes

Build skills to solve environmental problems.

Geoscience at UST

Our Mission

The Geology Department will provide an academically challenging program that welcomes all students into science, encourages them to grow as morally responsible individuals and stewards of the planet, and creates scientifically-informed problem-solvers.

It's not just about rocks!

For those of you that have wondered, "What is geology all about?" the following pages will show you that it's not just about rock classification and banging around with rock hammers. Geology at the University of St. Thomas is about understanding how the Earth works, inside and out, and all that this implies for understanding a whole host of environmental and resource issues.

Interdisciplinary Science is the Future

The University of St. Thomas geology department is a great place to do interdisciplinary science, integrating chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering to understand the Earth. The geology department also plays a key role in the new Environmental Science BS degree at UST, which brings together all of the science departments at the university. More recent projects include Examining Piping Plover Habitat Loss in North DakotaExamining nutrient histories in Twin Cities metro area lakes, and Examining Alkaline Lakes in the Southwest.

Enjoy the Outdoors?

Geology is best done in the field. All of our courses have a field component, from 3 week-long field courses in the desert southwest to one-day lab excursions to Minnehaha Falls.

Latest news from the department

Pros and cons of the mining industry. March 9, UST Geology and Environmental Science Career Planning Series. Jeff Lipovetz of the mining division of TKDA
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Jordan Osterman
This article explores the impact that Living Learning Communities (LLC) have had on students and the university. It gives an in depth look at the structure of the Geology LLC course, as well as the students' experiences.
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From the Newsroom

Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
This edition of professional notes includes faculty Chris Bedford, Jean-Pierre Bongila, Joseph Brom (professor emeritus), Dave Deavel, Hans Gustafson, Thomas Hickson, Anne Klejment, Sister Katarina Schuth, Angela Senander, Kevin Theissen, Christopher Vye, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Greg Argo, Meg Manahan and Talia Nadir; and graduate students Daniel Elenz, Greta Gilbertson and Kristin Nelson; and undergraduates Ashley Brundrett, Sam Duncanson, Sarah Horns and Gabrielle Houle.
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Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
This week's notes feature faculty Ozer Asdemir, Consuelo Cavalieri, David Deeds, John Del Vecchio, Erin Farrell, Bryana French, Hans Gustafson, Pat Hedberg, David Kelly, Dominic Longo, Ray MacKenzie, Dean Maines, Jeni McDermott, Kristian Mortenson, Michael Naughton, Salina Renninger, Richard Sathe, Deborah Savage, Brian Shapiro, Buffy Smith, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, William Stevenson, Dale Thompson, Muffet Trout and Paul Wojda; staff/faculty Artika Tyner; staff Sarah Farnes, Barbara Gorski, Kelly Sardon-Garrity and Bob Shoemake; professor emeriti Joseph Brom, Ken Goodpaster and George Karvel; students Chris Jones (former student), Jack Kellner, Eric Ringgenberg, Claire Spangenberg, Auma Tindi and Talee Vang; and alumni John Kummer '16, Maci Spica '10 and Kristina Trapp Stodolka '06.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
This week's notes feature faculty Stephen Brookfield, William Cavert, Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, John Froula, Karen Howard, Mike Klein, John Martens, Jeni McDermott, Debbie Monson, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, Buffy Smith, Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, William Stevenson, Lisa Waldner and Christian D. Washburn; staff Artika Tyner; students Chad Arnhold, Dan Conrad, Anna Folska, Kiersten Idzorek, Francesca Ippoliti, Ryan B. Johnson, Kara Kassekert, Jack Kellner, Laura Kvasnicka, Maria Neuzil, Claire Spangenberg, Michael Stodolka, Samantha Whitcomb, Thomas Wieser and Divine Zheng.
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Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
This week's notes feature faculty Michael Garrison, Tom Hickson, Mike Klein, Eric Stevens, Kevin Theissen, Artika Tyner and John Wendt; and staff Beth Middleton and Carolyn Paetzel.
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St. Thomas Newsroom   author
Learn about the University of Minnesota Master of Landscape Architecture program on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from noon-12:45 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Science Hall, Room 124.
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