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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 describes her career at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
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.


Hanlin Zhang ’21 Analyzes Hydrothermal Alteration of the Clay Cap in the Creede Mining District

Hanlin Zhang ’21 is a geology major working with Jim Rougvie as his thesis advisor. His research seeks to characterize the mineralogy of the clay cap in Creede, CO.


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