B.Sc. On Campus

Geological Sciences

University of Minnesota

48 months
19580 USD/year
18776 USD/year
13576 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Geological Sciences program of the University of Minnesota can lead to rewarding careers in industry, government, conservation, law, business, and academia.


The study of geology provides ways of understanding and appreciating dynamic earth processes, our physical environment, and our place in the long and complex history of the planet and solar system. It is by nature interdisciplinary and attracts students with broad interest in earth science, archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, applied mathematics, oceanography, limnology and/or physics.

Geology requires a solid base of knowledge in related sciences (chemistry and physics) and mathematics, as well as a solid core of geology courses. A summer course in field mapping is also required.

The Geological Sciences program of the University of Minnesota with the exploration and mining track is designed for students interested in a career in the exploration and mining industries. The track includes a solid core of geoscience courses with a focus on courses related to exploration and mining geology. A summer course in field mapping is also required.

Acquired Skills

  • Comprehension - Students will know and be able to explain the basic definitions and core concepts of Geological Science
  • Application - Students will be able to apply geological knowledge and techniques towards solutions to problems
  • Analysis - Students will be able to determine an appropriate method for research, collect data and carry out the research using techniques and equipment specific to geology
  • Communication - Students will be able to write about scientific ideas and present their ideas and findings to technical and non-technical audiences

Career Possibilities

Geologists work to understand the history of our planet. By better understanding Earth’s history, they are able to foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.Geologists work in a variety of settings:
  • Natural resource companies
  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Universities
Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend time in laboratories, classrooms or offices.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Surface Processes
  • Earth History
  • The Earth's Dynamic Interior
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

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

  • Submit your one-time $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Original or certified copies of ALL secondary (high school) records must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the university.
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
  • Photocopy of Passport: only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.
  • International students who will be studying at UMD on an F-1 visa are required to submit a completed Financial Certification Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19580 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    18776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18776 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13576 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13576 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Duluth

965 - 1380 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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