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Why Study Geology?

An applied and interdisciplinary field, geology is the science of the earth, including the interior of the earth and other planets. As a geology major, you’ll use a combination of fieldwork, computer modeling and lab work to solve environmental and resource-oriented problems and understand the processes that shaped our planet in the past and ones that will shape it in the future.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the geology of the earth and how it works.
  • Evaluate and interpret scientific data and geological features found around the world.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using valid and industry-specific information.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and other professional skills.


Types of Courses

  • Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology and Glacial Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Global Change
  • Hydrogeology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • Structural Geology

“One of my favorite experiences at UWRF has been completing Semester Abroad: Europe during the fall 2019 semester. I travelled along the entire southern coast of England for two months with another geology student and created an interactive field guide focusing on sedimentary rock localities, for course credit. It was an amazing experience that pushed me past many comfort zones and taught me how to conduct fieldwork on my own in a place I have never been. It allowed me to use all of the skills and knowledge that I learned throughout my courses leading up to it.”

- Leslie Ludtke, geology major, emphasis in hydrogeology

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

With a degree in geology, you’ll be prepared for graduate school or a wide variety of future roles including:

  • Atmospheric or Research Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist or Hydrogeologist
  • Geographer
  • Marine or Planetary Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist