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Do you love both math and the outdoors? Have you considered engineering but would love to find a career that lets you do much of your work outside? Then you should look into the comprehensive dual degree in geology and engineering.

This emphasis combines the benefits of a traditional geology degree with those of a formal engineering education. In this program students receive a UW-Eau Claire geology degree in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Students will typically complete most of the UW-Eau Claire University requirements and Dual Degree geology requirements while at UW-Eau Claire before transferring to the engineering school. Students must complete a minimum of 84 semester credits before transferring to the engineering school, 56 of which must be taken in residence at UW-Eau Claire.


See specific details about our majors and minors.

Dual degree engineering

59-61 credits

Geology core requirements

23-25 credits

  • One of four 100-level geology courses
  • Mineralogy and Petrology I
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Computers in Geology
  • Field Geology I
  • Chemical Principles

Required courses: 35-38 credits

  • Hydrogeology I
  • Structural Geology
  • Geomorphology and Aerial Photography Interpretation or Glacial Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Statics
  • University Physics I
  • University Physics II

Students must complete the general education programs at both UWEC and the University of Minnesota.  This can be done quite reasonably with the proper course selection, so good planning is necessary.  Please contact Dual Degree advisor Dr. Kent Syverson for more information (  
See the course catalog for more detail.

Interested in changing majors or declaring a geology major?

See this page for all of the 4-year degree plans and links to other relevant information. Please contact the Department of Geology through the information provided below for more information about becoming a major, or changing majors within the program.

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