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.

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

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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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.
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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.
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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."
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From the Newsroom

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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Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
This week's notes feature faculty Dave Brennan, Mark DelCogliano, Massimo Faggioli, Ken Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines, Mike Naughton, Brian Shapiro, Shersten Johnson, Jennifer McGuire, Phil Rolnick, Buffy Smith, Artika Tyner, Bob Werner; staff Jim Rogers; and students Shannon Kelly and Meaghan Scott.
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Lauren Schaffran '17   author
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s annual conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees.
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