Geology Careers + Alumni

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

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

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

UW-Eau Claire grad Anne Gauer and senior geology major Sam Helmuth

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?
Jennifer Borski at River Heath dedication

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
UW-Eau Claire students enrolled in Dr. Brian Mahoney's "Sedimentation and Stratigraphy" class examine grains of sand during a tour of Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co.'s mining operations.

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 syverskm@uwec.edu.

Research about Blue Hills Felsenmeer from Dr. Kent Syverson

Orr, I.M.*, Mohr, A.R.*, Syverson, K.M., and Jol, H.M., 2009, Sedimentology of the Blue Hills Felsenmeer State Natural Area, Wisconsin:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs (North-Central Section meeting, Rockford, IL), v. 41, no. 4, p. 63.  Winner of Great Lakes Section - SEPM Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award. Printable version of paper.

Hoaglund, S.A.*, Teige, E.L.*, and Syverson, K.M., 2007, Potential meltwater incision of the Blue Hills Felsenmeer valley, Rusk County, Wisconsin, during the late Wisconsin Glaciation: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs (North-Central/South-Central Joint Section Meeting, Lawrence, KS) , v. 39, no. 3, p. 60. Winner of GSA Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award. Printable version of paper.

Syverson, K.M., and Colgan, P.M., 2004, The Quaternary of Wisconsin: a review of stratigraphy and glaciation history, in Ehlers, J., and Gibbard, P.L., eds., Quaternary Glatiations — Extent and Chronology, Part II: North America: Amsterdam, Elsevier Publishing, p. 295-311 

Hinke, J.J. and Wittkop, C.A., 2007 Detailed Surficial Geologic Pamming and Terrain Analysis of the Blue Hills Felsenmeer, Rusk County, Wisconsin. Printable version of paper

Career Guidance

The professionals in our Career Services office are here and ready to help our students and soon to be graduates with not only internships, but career search and placement, as well as resume building that is geared specifically toward geology graduates. They have compiled multiple resources for our geology students, from national and international job listing sites to alumni career stories and job connections. 

Blugold Career Link

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