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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.

Fall Department Field Trip to the Baraboo Hills
Geology News

Fall Department Field Trip to the Baraboo Hills

Geology students and faculty members at Natural Bridge State Park.

Jesse Ellis, “Summer Courses at the Wilderness Field Station in the Boundary Waters”

Jesse Ellis, Director of the Wilderness Field Station in the Boundary Waters

Geology professor Jay Zambito talks with students about a limestone bench near Eaton Chapel. His Evolution of the Earth course features a segment on Beloit’s campus that includes geology and college history.

How campus became a field site for budding geologists

Without the option of taking geology students far afield, Professor of Geology Jay Zambito developed a one-of-a-kind geologic field experience using Beloit’s campus.


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