Geology at UMN Morris


University of Minnesota Morris
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600 E Fourth Street
Morris, MN 56267


Geology is a science with a scope that spans from the core of the earth to top of its mountain ranges, and from the atomic scale to the interplanetary.

It is one of the most all-inclusive sciences, working with:

In addition, under the general heading of geology are many subdivisions that can appeal to a diversity of scientific interests, among them:

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Sedimentology
  • Structural geology
  • Tectonics
  • Geomorphology

Interdiciplinary Focus

At Morris, our Geology program is strongly interdisciplinary, both in terms of the courses we offer and the spirit of the Discipline. Students can, and are encouraged to, work with complementary disciplines in the Division of Science and Mathematics, and with other scientists locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

The Discipline is also very active in regard to fieldwork, with plenty of opportunities for students to travel, work on-site, and collaborate with the faculty on projects. The Discipline has advanced research facilities and equipment within the department that are fully available for student research, and further resources are available on campus.


The diversity of subjects in the field means a diversity of activities that go along with the profession, and to create a fulfilling career in geology that appeals to unique interests, students can select a specialty that will accommodate the types of work they enjoy:

  • Travel and outdoor field work
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory work
  • More can be combined

Curiosity to Career

At the heart of every science is curiosity. In geology, the study of rocks, geological formations, and other features of the planet will tell the story of its history, but there are numerous practical applications for a geology degree.

You can find geologists working in many different capacities in industry and civil service. They seek and develop new mineral and energy resources; insure the safe construction and use of highways and infrastructure; predict and reduce the impact of natural disasters; and work in environmental projects to protect our land, water and natural resources.

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