Geology Offerings

Standing out

The word is out about Blugold geology, and that word is outstanding. Our nationally recognized program combines a rigorous field-based curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and expert faculty who are passionate about teaching. Through strong industry connections and grants, our students also have opportunities for internships and careers unmatched by other schools.

The program offers six different majors, two minors and a departmental honors program. With a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, UW-Eau Claire geology boasts some of the highest numbers of faculty-student collaborative projects on campus, with upwards of twenty presentations each year at the annual celebration of student research. In fact, 66% of current geology students are participating in student-faculty research outside of their coursework, significantly higher than the 44% campus wide.

Thanks to tremendous alumni, community, industry support and partnerships like the Responsible Mining Initiative, Blugold students benefit from academic and career options simply not available at other universities. The scholarship and grant funding offered through these partnerships allows our students to rely less heavily on student loans, as we are able to offer high-impact practices at a lower cost than programs at comparable institutions.

My experiences as a geology major at UW-Eau Claire were some of the best of my life. The comprehensive classroom learning and challenging field trips brought my education to a level higher than expected.

Corrie Floyd, '11 hydrogeology, Minnesota DNR

Is geology the right choice for me?

When considering the right academic fit for you, the following attributes are typical of geology students:

  • Strength and interest in science
  • Love of the outdoors
  • Interest in the environment
  • Ability to apply classroom lessons to field experiences
  • 3-dimensional thinker
  • Aptitude for math and chemistry
Glowsticks geology

Geology Majors + Minors

The Department of Geology at UWEC offers five majors and two minors, and our graduates leave here with a broad skill set and knowledge base to pursue career or post-grad education goals. Find out more.

Geology paths
Phil Ihinger teaching geology honors

Geology honors

One way to really boost the power of your geology degree is to become a geology department honors student. You already plan to do all the hard work involved, so adding this layer to your diploma makes perfect sense!

Geology honors
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