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, Earth and Space Science for elementary or secondary teachers, 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 from the list below):

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Historical Geology -- 4.00 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
Physical Oceanography -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
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.

Required Courses (15 credits):

At Vermillion:
WOAL/WSHD 1656, Environmental Compliance, 3 credits
WOAL/WSHD/NRT 1258, Soils and Hydrology, 3 credits
WOAL/WSHD 2265, Water and Wastewater Analysis, 5 credits

At UW-Superior:

Watershed Hydrology -- 4.00 credits

Elective Courses, at least one from UW-S required (7 credits required):

At Vermilion:
WOAL/WSHED 1255, Field Visits, 1-3 credits
WOAL/WSHD 2268, Water Management, 3 credits
WOAL/WSHD 2269, Water and Wastewater Analysis II, 3 credits
ESCI 1559, Meteorology, 3 credits

At UW-Superior:

Chemistry Of Natural Waters -- 3.00 credits
Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits

Earth and Space Science Teaching Minor for Elementary Education (MC-EA) or Secondary Education Certification (EA-A) Top of Page

Minor leading to Wisconsin licensure in Earth and Space Science (635) at the EA-A level (73) and the MC-EA level (777).

26 Total Credits

Required Courses:

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Historical Geology -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Geology -- 4.00 credits
Climatology -- 3.00 credits
Geomorphology -- 4.00 credits
Astronomy -- 4.00 credits

For licensure, students must also complete:

Secondary Methods in Science Education -- 3.00 credits


Teaching Elementary/Middle School Science -- 3.00 credits

The Praxis II content test is required for this program.

EA-A Candidates will take the Broadfield Science Test #0435/5435
          Passing Score = 154.

MC-EA Candidates will take the Middle Level Content Test #0146/5146
          Passing Score = 146.