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Geology — can you dig it?

Is science your thing? Do you prefer to be and work outdoors as much as you can? Are you concerned for the environment and natural resources? And are you just generally curious about nature? If you said yes to any or all of those questions, the study of geology might very well be the right fit for you.

Geology is defined as the scientific study of the origin, history and structure of the earth, and nearly everything we utilize each day has something to do with the earth. We rely on clean water for healthy life and recreation, and protecting water resources and the environment is a core aspect of geology. Also, our lives require daily use of energy and minerals, and geological science is of paramount importance in locating resources, extracting them from the earth efficiently and having the least possible impact on the environment.

This all sounds pretty dramatic, right? Well, in many ways it is.

You are about to explore a website that will demonstrate fully how the study of geology is necessary to understand and protect the earth and the resources on which our lives depend. Blugolds are making use of this understanding every day in their studies here and in geoscience careers.

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The geology program has so much to offer — from challenging and exciting courses, to student-faculty research, to in-depth field trips and a family feel. I am so happy with my decision to major in geology!

Haillie Passow Hydrogeology and Water Chemistry
Trevor Nelson hiking among rocks

Blugold's research experience leads to Goldwater Scholarship

Student-faculty collaborative research is the hallmark of all geology programs at UW-Eau Claire. Just take it from geology major Trevor Nelson, whose research experience contributed to his selection for the Goldwater Scholarship — one of the most prestigious U.S. national scholarships awarded to individuals “who show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering research leaders." The scholarship includes an award of up to $7,500 a year to help cover a recipient’s college tuition, fees, room and board.

Working alongside expert faculty, Trevor participated in five weeks of fieldwork and ongoing analyses as collaborators in Metal Earth, a $104 million international research program led by Laurentian University. The project is reshaping knowledge of the geology and mineral potential of the Archean cratons in Ontario, Canada — something that will stay with Trevor for the rest of his career. 

“Realizing that you are sometimes adding to a bigger picture is inspiring when you put your own twist on your project," he said. “Everyone connected to me has made a positive impact and created an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime undergraduate experience."

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