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Garfield Avenue project affects travel on lower campus.

The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.

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Taking on the world

It’s hard to throw a rock very far in this region and not hit a Blugold geologist working in the field — they're everywhere! As professionals in careers like environmental consulting or the mining industry, regulatory work at agencies such as the DNR and EPA in states nationwide, and in countless graduate programs across the country, our graduates are out there making names for themselves in industry and academia.

Where will this degree take me?

As any edition of our annual Alumni Newsletter will prove, the jobs and career paths that await you as a Blugold graduate of the Department of Geology are literally all over the map. Here is just a sampling of positions held by gradautes who submitted updates for the 2015 Alumni Newsletter:

  • Project lead, Petroleum remediation program, MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Geologist, Maptek Corp.
  • Geo-steerer, Sudbrink Geological Consulting
  • Hydrogeologist, WI DNR
  • College geology teacher, California State University-Fullerton
  • Environmental scientist, REI Engineering, Wausau, WI
  • Eau Claire City-County Health Department
  • Driller/geologist, Terracon
  • Directional drilling technician, Halliburton, Lafayette, LA
  • Geologist, Cedar Corp, Menomonie, WI
  • Staff Geologist, Chevron Corp.
  • Water resource engineer, HR Green Inc, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Geological modeling & drill planning, Kensington Gold Mine
  • Geochemist, Virginia Tech
  • Mining specialist, Smart Sand Inc.
  • Field Geologist, Arcadis US, Minneapolis, MN

What about graduate studies? 

Blugold geology students have gone on to pursue graduate studies at prestigious institutions around the country. These have included:
  • Carleton University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Idaho State University
  • McMaster University
  • Michigan Institute of Technology
  • Montana School of Mines
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • University of Montana
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Western Washington University

I really couldn’t be happier with my experience in the geology department at UWEC. The quality of education offered in this department is top notch. It really focuses on the invaluable experience gained from taking field trips and getting out and looking at the rocks. Looking back at my time at UWEC, I simply can’t see myself having been in any other major.

Alex Hutter, '16 general geology emphasis

High-tech training gives geology students boost in job market

Thanks to strong partnerships with the private sector, more than 30 Blugolds received specialized training this fall on state-of-the-art technology that is used extensively in the mining industry worldwide.

What's MapTek?

conserving resources AND creating community

Hydrogeology graduate Jenna Borski, '96, was recently honored by the city of Appleton for her decade of work in redeveloping a brownfield site.

Amazing alumna

Grads making a mark in sand mining industry

A new technology means new business in Wisconsin. And new UW-Eau Claire graduates are filling a valuable need.

Opening doors

Water talk with hydrogeology alumna Tina Pint

If you are wondering what exactly hydrogeology careers are all about, wonder no more. We caught up with '99 hydro grad Tina Pint, who tells us how she found the major and about her career.

Hydrogeology--what's that?

 For more information on job opportunities in the Earth Sciences through UWEC, contact Dr. Kent Syverson