Undergraduate Admissions
Geology student studying rock formations outside.


Geologists study the earth, earth materials, and earth systems to gain understanding our planet and learn how to strike a delicate balance between our society’s need for natural resources and our responsibility to preserve the environment. Explore and extract minerals or energy resources, dispose of nuclear and chemical waste, choose the best sites for structures, or study natural hazards—such as volcanoes or earthquakes—and figure out how to minimize their impact on people.

Customize your degree with:
Minors available in

  • Applied Geophysics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mining

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take courses like:

  • Geochemistry
  • Field Geophysics
  • Earth History
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Mineral Science

Get hands-on experience like:

  • Using state-of-the-art facilities in labs dedicated to remote sensing and volcanology, geographic information systems (GIS), subsurface remediation and visualization, and seismic petrophysics
  • Studying in your backyard--the Keweenaw Peninsula offers beautiful outdoor facilities including miles of rocky Lake Superior shoreline and acres of forestland
  • Learning from world-class faculty in small classes, allowing you to know your professor on a first-name basis
  • Taking ten credits of field geology courses to prepare you for real work activities
  • Accompanying faculty members on research trips abroad including volcanoes in South America, the Precambrian rocks in Australia, or the Bering Glacier’s melt rate in Alaska.

Get a job like:

  • Exploration geologist
  • Geologist
  • Operations geologist

Work for companies like:

  • Halliburton
  • 3M Company
  • US Geological Survey
  • DTE Energy
  • Shell Exploration

Learn more about geology at Michigan Tech!