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.

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

Stromatolites Lecture

April 3, 2014

Stromatolites: The Earliest Forms of Life, Past and Present - a lecture by Dr. Julie Bartley, in OSS 124, on Tuesday, April 8, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sampling the Source of the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami by Dr. Frederick Chester

March 18, 2014

Dr. Frederick Chester is a U. S. Science Support Program Distinguished Lecturer. As part of the lecture series, Dr. Chester will be speaking at St. Thomas on Thursday, April 10, Noon – 1:00 p.m., in the 3M Auditorium (OWS 150). His lecture is titled, “Sampling the Source of the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.” Dr. Chester is a professor of Geology & Geophysics at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the mechanics of fracture and faulting of earthquakes.

"A Discernible Human Influence on Global Climate" by Dr. Ben Santer - Feb. 13, Noon, 3M Auditorium

February 7, 2014

Prominent Climatologist, Dr. Benjamin Santer, will be speaking in the 3M Auditorium (OWS 150) on Thursday, February 13, from Noon - 1:00 p.m. on the topic, "A Discernible Human Influence on Global Climate."

From the Newsroom

Professional Notes for Nov. 17, 2014

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:43:37 +0000 by: Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A. by: author

This edition of Professional Notes features faculty Elizabeth Burr, Thomas Bushlack, Thomas Hickson, Robert Kennedy, Lisa Lamb, Jeni McDermott, Jennifer McGuire, Professor Emeritus Father David Smith, John Spry, Kevin Theissen, AnnMarie Thomas, Kim Vrudny, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Margaret Cahill, Vern Klobassa and Eric Stevens; and students Francesca Bernardi, Cassandra Clark, Jacob Frahm, Michael Kolles and April Terres.

Students: Study Field Methods and Sustainable Energy Use in Iceland

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:00:17 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

An information session for those interested will be noon-1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Anderson Student Center, Room 340, the Hearth Room.

St. Thomas Students, Professors Rock Out From Nevada to Norway

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:00:43 +0000 by: Jordan Osterman '11 by: author

Two geology professors, with their students, are researching areas that could provide insight into our past, present and future, as well as ancient life on Earth's surface, in the depths of the ocean and even outside our planet.

How the Earth Works

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:32:17 +0000 by: Kevin Theissen by: author

Geologist Kevin Theissen explores the global change that affects ecology and civilizations both faraway and close to home.

UST in the News for April 8, 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:37:04 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

A new dean has been chosen for the Opus College of Business, and a UST theologian appeared on Almanac in this week’s headlines.