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.

Department Contact

Kevin Theissen
Department Chair
(651) 962-5243
OSS 116

Geology Department Office
OWS 152
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Geoscience at UST

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."

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