Geology - Earth Science Minor | UW-Superior

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Geology - Earth Science Minor

UW-Superior offers two options related to the field of geology.

First, our earth science minor provides an introduction to the areas of geology, environmental geology, surficial processes and hydrology. Classes in chemistry, ecology and geographic information systems supplement these courses for completion of the minor. This minor is attractive for students interested in areas such as hydrogeology and environmental remediation.

Second, we offer a water resource management minor that enables students to study one year at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., then complete their studies at UW-Superior. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a major in biology or chemistry with this 22-credit minor that includes courses on geology, chemistry and biology.

Degrees and Majors/Minors:


  • Earth Science
  • Water Resources Management

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  • Students benefit from UW-Superior's strong earth science, biology and chemistry programs that emphasize field work and undergraduate research.
  • Small classes with personal attention from faculty members, all of whom are experienced scholars and researchers.
  • Students benefit from the environmental resources of the Lake Superior region and the program's close working relationships with regional research laboratories. Field and laboratory research experience and internships are provided through cooperation with UW-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and faculty research grants.
  • A university-managed wetland research area is available for study and research.
  • 62-foot research vessel available for research on Lake Superior and the adjoining waters.
  • Opportunity to work at the Lake Superior Research Institute, located on campus.
  • Science students may qualify for Swenson Scholarships that pay tuition and books for four years.

Career Outlook:

Environmental issues and water resource issues are critical to society. People with knowledge of these areas will be needed to work on solutions for business and government.

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