Geologists study the Earth. To mine the precious metals needed for cell phones and other electronics, a geologist must first discover them underground. Geologists find the oil, natural gas and coal deposits. Geologists also study climate change and work for states and cities to safeguard from flooding and ground water pollution. Geologists typically work in the field, collecting samples, mapping and analyzing natural environment.
Geologists also study fundamental questions involving and affecting humanity, such as evolution of life, climate change and clean sources of energy.
The UND Geology program offers three degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Geology: This degree provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the geology, skills in modern geological techniques and instrumentation, and ability to seek, analyze and present new information. The required coursework includes a five week field camp where students hone their field skills.
- Bachelor of Science in Earth Science: In addition to general Geology coursework, this degree offers more flexibility in choosing courses from other supporting disciplines and requires less mathematics than a B.S. in Geology.
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience: This degree provides students with solid understanding of the natural environment, the potential issues related to human activity and climate change, and flexibility to choose courses in an area of special interest to the student.
We also offer a Minor in Geology, teacher certification and dual degrees.
Many students are drawn to Geology due to the fieldwork which is emphasized through the coursework. Most geology courses include field trips. Annually in March the School offers a 10-day spring break field trip that students can take for credit. The field trip destinations vary, and in recent years have included Belize in the Caribbean, Hawaii, the California coast and canyons in Sierra Nevada, Utah.
Due to generous gifts by alumni, Harold Hamm, Continental Resources, North Dakota Industrial Commission and the state of North Dakota, our School is well-equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge instrumentations. In addition, the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library is located across the street from Leonard Hall. The sample library contains one of the largest collections of deep core samples. It houses cores from virtually all oil wells drilled in North Dakota and is an unparalleled resource for research.
Currently the generous gifts by donors and alumni provide tuition-free education with a living allowance for four undergraduate students in Geology and partial support to many more. The gifts also support student research projects, conference travel and other educational activities.
Involvement both in and outside the classroom and a rigorous education create a solid foundation for you and your ideal career. With hands-on experience on a global scale, you may have the opportunity to travel the world conducting research with your faculty. You can also take part in our two organizations that are specifically for geology students:
Getting a good job right out of college is important for the majority of students. Geology majors have a broad range of careers to choose from, including:
- Environmental and engineering geology companies
- Federal government
- Mining and mineral industries
- Oil and gas industry
- State geological surveys
- Universities and colleges
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