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What drives the Earth’s water, tectonic, and climate systems? How have Earth’s life forms and environments changed over time? And how are humans affecting Earth systems today?


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Understand Your World

Get out of the classroom

Study geology in the field, from local streams and rock outcrops to destinations such as Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Canyonlands National Parks. Study glaciers in Norway, volcanoes in Japan, rivers in China, beaches in Australia, and mountains in New Zealand during semesters abroad.

Unearth the past

Southern Wisconsin was once covered by a tropical, shallow sea teeming with trilobites. Explore the rock record to understand how fossilized organisms evolved and why they went extinct.

Apply your skills to the water, climate, and energy challenges facing our society

Prepare for a career in the geosciences by designing a sustainable rain garden to reduce storm water runoff, comparing climate reconstructions in the Eocene to changes observed today, and learning about the environmental impacts of our dependence on non-renewable resources.

Alumni Advice: Corey Shircliff’11
Alumni Advice

Alumni Advice: Corey Shircliff’11

Corey Shircliff’11 discusses her career at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
Student poses near limestone wall during field research

From Forest to Sea: Examining the relationships between open ocean and terrestrial biomass

In summer 2021, Anna Weldon’22, a geology and anthropology double-major, worked with geology assistant professor Jay Zambito to understand how forest evolution impacted ancient climate.

Sandra Rushworth ’76

Sandra Rushworth’76 receives the 2021 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Public Service Award

Sandra Rushworth is being recognized for her work as a Master Docent at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


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