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You can do it all

It’s not by accident that the geology program at UW-Eau Claire has a reputation for being both rigorous and fun. Students are on the go, immersed in field-based coursework from the entry level classes through graduation. Our emphasis on high-impact practices like student-faculty collaborative research, paid intern and research positions, and training in advanced instrumentation has resulted in a bachelor's degree in a league of its own.

Blugold geology majors have the advantage of field trips throughout the program, to sites in Wisconsin, Arkansas, South Dakota and Wyoming. These field experiences culminate in two 3-week fields camps — Field Geology I each January in New Mexico, and Field Geology II each spring in Montana.

Unique opportunities for Blugold geology students, possible through the partnerships created by the Responsible Mining Initiative, place this program at an advantage over other undergraduate degrees that is hard to fully describe — it's just exceptional in every regard.

Simply put, the amount hands-on field and lab work that our students experience far exceeds what is seen in typical undergraduate geology programs, and sets our graduates up for unparalleled success in graduate studies and for unmatched marketability in geology careers.

A geology student inspects a small formation of rocks.
student in geochem lab

Geology facilities and instrumentation

This geology program is rooted in a hands-on, experiential learning concept that offers facilities and instrumentation to match the excellence in instruction. Our graduates leave here prepared to expertly use the industry standards in equipment.

All the bells and whistles
research in the field

Geology research

There is a reason UWEC is seen as a center of excellence for faculty-student collaborative research — it’s what we do better than anyone else. Find out the many way to access, fund and find faculty support for your research.

Become a researcher here
Josh Olson at geology internship

Geology Internships

UW-Eau Claire geology has forged incredible ties with area industries through Responsible Mining Initiative, and along with other avenues for internships, this degree comes packed with hands-on experience to get you far ahead.

Internships galore
Guatemalan ruins

Geology Study Abroad + NSE

The department of geology at UW-Eau Claire has some of the most exciting opportunities available on campus for international travel for faculty-led coursework and research. Be sure to check all department options—don’t miss out!

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