Fieldwork, faculty, and facilities that rock.
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.
The planet’s oldest lava flows and largest freshwater lake by surface area—it’s all in Michigan Tech’s backyard. Study here in small classes, getting to know faculty members who conduct research around the world on a first-name basis. Use state-of-the-art facilities in labs dedicated to remote sensing and volcanology, geographic information systems (GIS), subsurface remediation and visualization, and seismic petrophysics. Step outside for field geology courses or accompany faculty members on research trips abroad—study volcanoes in South America, the Precambrian rocks in Australia, or the Bering Glacier’s melt rate in Alaska. You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through our Accelerated Master’s program.
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