The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's geology and geological engineering dual bachelor's degree combines the benefits of a traditional geology degree with those of a formal engineering education. Graduates of the program receive a bachelor's degree in geology from UW-Eau Claire in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree in geoengineering from the University of Minnesota.
Most students are able to complete both degrees in under six years, with many Blugolds spending approximately three to four years at UW-Eau Claire and approximately one to two years at the University of Minnesota. The growing program is designed to prepare you for a career in geological engineering.
Throughout your time at UW-Eau Claire, you will explore the ins and outs of geology. Study the origin and evolution of sedimentary rocks; better understand digital techniques in geological sciences; and learn about the acquisition, processing and interpretation of geophysical data. Coursework is rooted in experiential, real-world learning, ensuring you are up to date on the latest field and laboratory tools and techniques.
Upon completion of the program, you'll have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret scientific and geological data, develop geologic models and explain Earth processes. You'll also be well-prepared for a challenging and rewarding career in geological engineering. Whether your goal is to ensure safe building and road construction, map potential earthquakes or clean up pollution, you'll be ready to hit the ground running and help make our world a better, safer place.
Individualized attention and support. As a pre-engineering student, you'll be assigned a faculty advisor who can answer any and all of your questions related to UWEC courses, transferring and other concerns. Together, you will work closely to plan your schedule and ensure you complete the education requirements of both UW-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota in a reasonable time frame.
State-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities. The geology department at UW-Eau Claire, along with the Materials Science and Engineering Center, houses state-of-the-art analytical equipment that is rarely found at undergraduate institutions. With nearly 100 unique pieces of high-tech instrumentation, here, you can analyze your field samples right on campus. From analytical geochemistry equipment to mineralogy and petrology equipment to the latest software used in the field — we have it all.
Inspirational world travels. A nationally recognized strength of the geology department is the emphasis on learning — and using — field skills. Field experiences have taken Blugolds to British Columbia and Maine, and international coursework has been offered in Guatemala, Switzerland and Argentina. A required three-week field course in West Texas and New Mexico will give you firsthand, professional experience and allow you to uncover your geological passions and interests.
Field research opportunities. Student-faculty collaborative research is the hallmark of all geology programs at UW-Eau Claire. Faculty members will regularly encourage you to become involved in their latest research projects — or encourage you to start your own. Here, our professors are committed to the philosophy that learning science is best achieved by doing science. Past projects have brought students to places like southwestern Montana, Maine, Ontario and the Swiss Alps.
Nature close to home. Our campus’ physical location provides nature right at your fingertips. Bordered by a nature preserve known as Putnam Park, UW-Eau Claire has over 230 acres of terrain that is perfect for studying soils. The Chippewa River and Little Niagara Creek flow right through our lower campus, and Big Falls County Park is just 12 miles away.
Geology scholarship opportunities. First-year students interested in majoring in geology are able to apply for the Blugold Freshman Geology Scholarship. Two scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year, thanks to UW-Eau Claire geology alumni who are interested in supporting the next generation of Blugold geologists.
Geology and geological engineering dual degree program details
- Program length: under six years
- Offered: In person
- Campus: the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Geology Club
- Women & Gender Minorities in STEM
Graduates of the geology and geological engineering dual degree program leave ready to practice as professional geological engineers, finding careers in a variety of industries, including government, construction, transportation, forestry, mining, energy, groundwater, petroleum, minerals and more.
With degrees in both geology and geoengineering, you'll quickly find endless career paths available to you.
Geological engineering jobs
- Geological engineer
- Geological engineering technician
- Geotechnical engineer
- Field engineer
- Project engineer
- Environmental engineer
The geology major at UWEC will provide you with a solid foundation in areas like structural geology, hydrogeology, and mineralogy and metrology. Coursework is heavy in math and physics, preparing you well for a career in engineering.
After successfully completing the course requirements and meeting the set criteria at UW-Eau Claire, you will transfer to the University of Minnesota to begin the coursework for the geoengineering degree.
What classes do geology and geological engineering dual degree majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Applied geophysics
- Environmental geology
- Sedimentology and stratigraphy
- Glacial geology
- Mineralogy and petrology
- Physical geology
- Structural geology
Learn more about the comprehensive dual degree geological engineering emphasis in the UWEC course catalog.
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