Geology and Earth Science

Faculty Top of Page

Randy Gabrys-Alexson, Professor
William Bajjali, Associate Professor
Andrew Breckenridge, Assistant Professor
Kristin Riker-Coleman, Assistant Professor

Geology and Earth Science Program Top of Page

The Earth Science program includes minors in Earth Science and Water Resources Management. Related minors in Geography and Applied GIS are described in the Geography section of this catalog. Students who are interested in the field of geology are encouraged to consult with one of the faculty members in this program.

Earth Science Minor Requirements Top of Page

The Earth Science Minor is designed to complement other fields of study. The minor provides a general overview and context of the basic principles and concepts of geology and is a good option for people pursuing careers in the natural sciences.

Viable employment opportunities exist for graduates in the areas of hydrogeology and environmental remediation. Well-qualified scientists with a background in geology, hydrology, chemistry and geographic information systems (GIS) are required to meet this need.

21 total credits

Required courses (8 credits required--select two courses):

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Advanced Structural Geology -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Geology -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (13 credits required):

Astronomy -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits
Climatology -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Historical Geology -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
[[GEOG 360]]
Watershed Hydrology -- 4.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Undergraduate Research -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits

A combined maximum of four credits may be earned in GEOL 491 and GEOL 496.

Water Resources Management Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

This minor has been designed in cooperation with the Water Quality and Watershed Science programs at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota. Students may complete many of the courses for this minor at Vermillion prior to transferring to UW-Superior. UW-Superior students may take one year of study at Vermilion and complete the minor at UW-Superior.

Two approved courses numbered above 300 at UW-Superior:

Watershed Hydrology -- 4.00 credits

Plus choices from below

Rquired courses from Vermilion Community College (11 credits required):

WQAL/WSHD 1656 - Environmental Compliance -- 3 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 189)

WQAL/WHSD/NRT 1258 - Soils and Hydrology -- 3 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 189)

WQAL/WHSD 2265 - Water and Wastewater Analysis -- 5 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 289)

Required Elective courses (7 credits required): from Vermilion Community College


WQAL/WSHD 1255 - Field Visits -- 1-3 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 189)

WQAL/SHSD 2268 - Water Management -- 3 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 289)

WQAL 2269 - Water and Wastewater Analysis II -- 3 credits (transfers to UW-Superior as CHEM 300)




Chemistry Of Natural Waters -- 3.00 credits

ESCI 1559 - Meteorology -- 3 credits (Vermillion Community College - transfers to UW-Superior as GEOL 189)

Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits