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Macalester College

48 months
58248 USD/year
58248 USD/year
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Students in the Geology program at Macalester College look deep into the ground—and thus deep into the past—searching for clues about how the world became the way it is. Our field is about way more than looking at rocks: we seek to understand how mountains form, how life evolves, how glaciers move, and how entire oceans expand and contract. 


As a Geology major at Macalester College, you’ll learn about the interconnectedness of the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere; you’ll study the evolution of life on this planet over millions of years; you’ll ponder how processes deep inside the planet impact the Earth’s surface and climate; and you’ll consider how, in the age of humans and climate change, the world might evolve next.

A Geology degree will teach you:

  • How the natural world around you has evolved, and continues to evolve, over time
  • How study of the past can inform our understanding of climate change today
  • How coveted natural resources are formed, distributed, and depleted, from the water you drink to the metals in your cell phone
  • How life on our planet has evolved in conjunction with earth processes

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Oceanography
  • Dinosaurs
  • Exploring the Solar System
  • Geocinema
  • Environmental Geology
  • Dynamic Earth and Global Change
  • History/Evolution of Earth
  • Geological Excursions
  • Field Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Create a Common Application and choose Macalester for your college list.
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Submit scores from either the ACT or the SAT. Self-reported test scores will be accepted in the admissions process. Admitted students who decide to enroll will be required to submit official score reports.
  • For students whose primary language is not English, Macalester requires submission of TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test scores.
  • Request that your secondary school(s) send Macalester official transcript(s) of all classes and grades beginning with 9th grade.

Tuition Fee

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    58248 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 58248 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    58248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58248 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Saint Paul

1040 - 1755 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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