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

UST Geology major Sarah Horns and Environmental Science (biology) major Ashley Brundrett poster was selected as Best Undergraduate Student Poster by the Great Lakes Section of SEPM (the Society for Sedimentary Geology)
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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

Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Jeni McDermott, assistant professor in the Department of Geology, took two students to Norway this summer to research why the country has mountainous terrain.
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St. Thomas Newsroom   author
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce affirmative decisions on promotion and tenure following the conclusion of the Tenure and Promotion Committee meetings in May 2017.
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St. Thomas Newsroom   author
Theissen will receive his award at the Inquiry at UST poster session on Tuesday, May 9, from noon-1 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall.
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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 Kristen 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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