Department of

Geology


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.

Students experiment with the Geology Department Stream Table
Geology News

Students experiment with the Geology Department Stream Table

Professor Sue Swanson describes to the class what is happening during an experiment on the Stream Table.
Feb7th

Woodard Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change

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Jim Rougvie (Geology) and Susan Furukawa (Japanese)

Totoro Saves the World

What do a geologist and a Japanese literature scholar have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. 

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