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

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.

Adventures in Geology Field Camp

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 by: Kevin Theissen by: author

Building field skills and exploring earth history in the desert.

Junior Jane de Lambert and Her ‘Rockin” Geology Research

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:32:55 +0000 by: Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A. by: author

Jane de Lambert researched the geologic history of the Lovell Wash area of the Upper Horse Spring Formation in the Lake Mead region of Nevada last spring and presented her findings in October at the Geological Society of America's national conference in North Carolina. She is among the first to research this remote formation in southern Nevada.

Testing the Waters: Undergraduates Leave the Lab and Plunge Into Research

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:01:09 +0000 by: Emily Koenig ’12 by: author

Most weekdays last summer Grant Schmura and David Houserman left the biology lab around noon and drove to Lake Judy in Shoreview, Minn. Before each of those days was done they would spend five hours gathering and tracking painted turtles.