Geology isn’t just learning about rocks; it’s the study of the Earth’s materials and systems, energy resources, mineral deposits, and complex environmental issues. You’ll need a crazy-smart education to tackle those societal challenges and Michigan Tech is just the place to get it. Here you’ll have plenty of lab time to study materials hands-on through a curriculum loaded with geology courses, plus a mixture of physics, chemistry, and mathematics as well.
What You Need to Know About This Program
- You’ll take ten credits of field geology courses to prepare you for real work activities—just one reason why employers feel Michigan Tech graduates are so well prepared.
- Earn a minor in applied physics, geological engineering, earth sciences, mining, or remote sensing. Or you can earn a certificate in international sustainable development engineering.
- Get involved with undergraduate research projects in the areas of glacial process, paleomagnetism, volcanology, oil exploration, mineral exploration, field geology, and more.
- You’ll learn from faculty in our nationally recognized department who emphasize the understanding, utilization, and protection of our Earth.
- Become certified to teach earth science through the secondary teacher certification program.
- You’ll have access to both high-quality computing facilities and extensive outdoor field experiences.
- You’ll use laboratory facilities for independent research in groundwater engineering, seismic prospecting for oil, remote sensing, X-ray diffraction study of minerals... you name it!
- You’ll have opportunities to take field trips to sites of geological—and scenic—interest in the local area.
After graduation, you'll be prepared to pursue careers in government, graduate school, or work for companies like Shell Oil, Cliffs Natural Resources, or ARCADIS.