Geology is a hands-on science, so you can expect to get your hands dirty here.
If you are pursuing a degree in geology, you can expect between six and nine required immersive field trips examining real world geologic processes and geologic formations at various locations in the United States and in other countries. Although it’s a requirement, we think it’s one of the coolest requirements on campus.
As a geology and earth science major, you will be required to take part in the five-week summer field camp in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions of South Dakota, northern Wyoming, and southern Montana. Points of geologic interest include Badlands National Park; Black Hills mining regions; Bighorn, Beartooth, and Teton mountains; Jewel Cave and Mount Rushmore national monuments, and Fossil Butte, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches, and Yellowstone national parks. You will use your field skills and up-to-date GIS technology in preparing geologic maps and cross sections, stratigraphic columns, and technical reports.
Several optional field trips to sites in Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand are also offered to our students.Some of our geology students also participate in undergraduate field-based research and professional meetings. Qualified students may gain additional experience in the profession through internships and part-time jobs as student technicians.