Geology and Earth Science

Faculty Top of Page

William Bajjali, Professor
Andy Breckenridge, Associate 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-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.


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

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits
Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits

Elective courses (13 credits required, at least 7 of which must be at the 300-level or higher):

Historical Geology -- 4.00 credits
Our Water Resources -- 4.00 credits
Environmental Geology -- 4.00 credits
Astronomy -- 4.00 credits
Geology of Minnesota and Wisconsin -- 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.