The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's geology - environmental science emphasis bachelor's degree is designed for those interested in a career working in environmental geology, land conservation or environmental policy, or for those who desire to attend graduate school in environmental science, environmental law or resource planning.
Coursework throughout the program will teach you how to apply the practical principles of geology to solve environmental problems. Learn about the origin, distribution, use, misuse and conservation of minerals, water, soil and fuels. Discuss problems associated with the development of water resources. Study U.S. environmental and sustainability law and policy. And evaluate alternative resources and lifestyles for the future.
Rooted in experiential, real-world learning, the growing major will blend traditional geological field skills with modern technology and computational science, preparing you well for the real world. In fact, you'll use the same tools and software as experts in the field — and have endless opportunities to learn from them. Geology classes regularly include guest speakers, field excursions across the U.S. and opportunities to join faculty in groundbreaking research.
This "learn by doing" approach, combined with our state-of-the-art facilities and expert faculty, has earned national recognition. And thanks to strong industry connections, partnerships and grants, our students have opportunities for internships and careers unmatched by other schools.
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.
Internship opportunities. Our geology students have unparalleled internship opportunities, largely due to the rare industry partnerships we have forged through the Responsible Mining Initiative (RMI) grant. These connections give our students a huge hiring advantage with several industry leaders in the region.
Unique research projects. 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. Past projects have brought students to places like southwestern Montana, Maine, Ontario and the Swiss Alps.
Valuable field experience. The geology department is committed to providing you with real-world experience before you graduate. Field excursions regularly include trips to the Black Hills and Badlands areas of South Dakota, northern and western Wisconsin, Arkansas and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A required three-week field course in West Texas and New Mexico will introduce you to geologic mapping techniques, including the construction of geologic maps and cross-sections in mildly deformed sedimentary and volcanic rocks.
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 - environmental science emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- 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.
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The geology - environmental science emphasis degree is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in an environmental field, especially land conservation and environmental law. Our grads go on to help clean up pollution, reduce industrial waste, and create and enforce environmental policies.
And these jobs are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.
The curriculum throughout the geology - environmental science major will provide you with a solid foundation in geology, with a special emphasis on environmental science. Electives within the disciplines of biology, geography, chemistry and geology allow you to pursue multiple interests and study the topics that best align with your career goals.
Coursework throughout the program will give you firsthand experience using computer graphics and applying geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze and present geologic data. Preparation for internships and jobs is also stressed.
What classes do geology - environmental science emphasis majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Earth resources and sustainability
- Mineralogy and petrology
- Responsible mining
- Environmental geology
- Sedimentology and stratigraphy
- Societal issues in earth science
- Structural geology
- Water resources
Learn more about the comprehensive geology - environmental science emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
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