Your studies in geology will integrate the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in the study of Earth processes and history.


Your interest in geology may have started with rocks, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Geologists integrate their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and math to understand our planet’s past – and to predict its future.

Studying geology engages you in the most serious issues facing our world. These issues include natural resource utilization, climate change, water shortages and more. You also will be prepared to search for ways to improve the quality of life on our planet.

At St. Norbert College, you can pursue a major or minor in geology. When you major in geology, you earn a Bachelor of Science degree that prepares you either to enter the workforce as an entry-level geologist or to pursue graduate studies in geology or other fields.

A Geology Degree at Work
Many St. Norbert undergraduate geology majors pursue graduate studies in the field. Some 75 percent of them do so with full financial support through graduate teaching or research assistantships. Universities at which they have earned graduate degrees include:
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Michigan State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Utah
  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
As a geology major, you might pursue a career in government or industry:

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • State geological surveys
  • State regulatory agencies
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Petroleum companies
  • Mining operations
Enhance Your Geology Degree
Among the most exciting opportunities you’ll find as a St. Norbert geology student is the chance to participate in field trips and digs in the United States and abroad. To complete your geology major, you’ll also participate in a summer field camp after your third or fourth year in the program.

You can build on your understanding of the world’s geologic diversity through the college’s study-abroad program.

Alumnae Highlight

Nicole Bader ’11 spent the weeks between the last two semesters of her fourth year at St. Norbert College collecting glacial ice samples in Antarctica with Kathy Licht ’92 and geology professor Tim Flood. The fieldwork formed the basis of her master’s program research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Faculty Highlight

It’s unusual for the National Science Foundation to provide funding specific to teacher-preparation in geology, especially at the K-8 level. But a $190,386 grant is giving a pilot group of students the chance to graduate with a thorough knowledge of what it means to do science in elementary education.

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Faculty Highlight

What started with a prospector discovering a few bones protruding from the Tropic Shale of Utah ended seven years later with geology professor Rebecca (Schmeisser) McKean ’04 identifying a new species of prehistoric marine reptile. The plesiosaur, named Dolichorhynchops tropicensis, swam the waters covering the western United States some 90 million years ago.

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