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

Study Abroad in Iceland

Home to active volcanoes, hot springs and glaciers, Iceland is arguably one of the best locations in the world to learn about Geology and to develop a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability issues.  Outside the traditional classroom, through a series of 1 to 3-day field projects and site visits, you will learn about sustainable energy use and alternative energy sources, as well as train in basic geological and environmental science field techniques.  Apply with the Office of Study Abroad today!

Photo of waves and rock formations in Iceland

 

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

Jordan Osterman '11   author
A geology major who racked up a huge range of research and teaching experience at St. Thomas, Nick Hermann '13 went on to Vanderbilt University for a master’s, worked at NASA and for the Bureau of Land Management, and now helps Pilot Gold track down gold in Arizona.
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Brittany Stojsavljevic   author
Research can help undergraduates transform from students into scholars.
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Sarah Pranadjaja   author
This week's professional notes include faculty Bernard Brady, Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, David Kelley, Lisa Lamb, Bhabani Misra, Lisa Waldner, Christian Washburn, Thomas Hickson, Jeni McDermott and Kevin Theissen; staff Vern Klobassa, David Lemon, James Rogers, Eric Stevens, Artika Tyner, Dia Yang and Dining Services; and students Emma Rinn, Jenna Abrahamson, Elliot Allen, Erika Bjorkman, Luke Loveall.
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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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