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 geology and environmental science department offers the following programs:
Geology - Hydrogeology and Water Chemistry Emphasis, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
Geology and Geological Engineering Dual Degree, BA or BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
Responsible Mining Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
Learn best practices in responsible resource development and how to help protect our environment with a certificate in responsible mining. This certificate is an excellent choice for those who wish to join state regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).View Program Apply
Teaching - Science, Earth/Space Science Emphasis, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
Start your journey toward becoming a science teacher with a bachelor's degree in teaching - science, earth/space science emphasis. Graduates leave with specialized, in-depth knowledge of geology, oceanography, astronomy and meteorology, and are prepared to teach any science course to grades 4-12.View Program Apply
Water Resources Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
Whether your goals are to pursue a career in industry, governmental regulatory agencies, education, or a career in scientific research, a degree in geology from UW-Eau Claire will be a step above the rest. Our field-based curriculum provides students the opportunity to do the work of geologists from the first entry level course, and that fact alone sets us apart.
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.
And 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.
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