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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.

Geology-themed masks are keeping geologists safe
Geology News

Geology-themed masks are keeping geologists safe

Tirzah Abbott ’12 is a Senior Electron Microscopy and Imaging Specialist at Northwestern University, but she also makes beautiful geology-themed masks.

Phillip Adrian ’21 Designs a Rain Garden for the Beloit College Campus

Phillip Adrian ’21 is an environmental geology major working with Sue Swanson as his thesis advisor. His research points to an increasing need for rain gardens across the Upper Midwest.


Alumni Advice: Rachel Setzke ’00

Rachel Setzke ’00 discusses working at a Zero-Waste non-profit organization.


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