• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Paul, MN, United States
Geology is the field of study that tackles a wide range of issues facing society today: preparing for natural disasters, finding and extracting natural resources in responsible and sustainable ways, understanding and preparing for global environmental change, preventing, assessing and mitigating environmental pollution, and public health issues, to name a few. 
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Many of us grew up thinking geologists simply study rocks. Although it is true rocks provide some of the fundamental clues to understanding these issues, geologists also study soil, sediments, lakes, groundwater, and the interior of the earth. Spatial analysis using ArcGIS, numerical computer modeling, and geochemical analysis using sophisticated instrumentation are common methods used by different geoscientists.

In the Geology Department, we strive to develop the whole student by emphasizing critical thinking and analytical, quantitative, public speaking and writing skills. Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with geology faculty on research projects, in addition to learning the key field, lab and research skills of a professional geologist. These skills are transferable to many different fields and help prepare students for a range of career paths. The geology curriculum has been designed to provide students with a solid core, but with sufficient flexibility to allow students with particular interests to pursue a more customized Geology program. At the heart of this program are a number of hands-on learning opportunities, a fundamental and basic component of a St. Thomas geoscience degree. Department faculty emphasize the fact that geology must be learned by practicing skills and as a result offer analytical experiences in all courses that extend from a short afternoon trip to a multi-week field course on field methods and regional geology. Majors will visit many of the geologically significant localities throughout the upper Midwest as part of their program as well as use analytical instrumentation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Physical Geology 
  • The Science of Natural Disasters 
  • Environmental Geology 
  • The Earth’s Record of Climate 
  • Earth Materials 
  • Environmental Geochemistry 
  • Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Fundamentals of the Lithosphere I (Petrology) 
  • Fundamentals of the Lithosphere II (Structural Geology) 
  • Earth History 
  • Medical Geology
  • The Earth’s Record of Climate 
  • Earth Materials 
  • Oceanography 
  • Earth Surface Processes and Geomorphology
  • Environmental Geochemistry 
  • Hydrogeology
  • Advanced Field Methods
  • Medical Geology
  • The Earth’s Record of Climate

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General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission.
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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