About The Program
Shaping the next generation of geologists
Let’s get this one out of the way… the UW Oshkosh Geology program rocks. There, we said it. We’ll spare you the geological puns from here on out. The Geology department offers one geology major with two emphases, and a geology minor. We take pride in our emphasis on field geology, and student research opportunities abound in both the major and minor. Our students are very competitive across the U.S. and are successful in earning Master’s & Ph.D. degrees.
For students who wish to apply their love of geology to the field of education, a Secondary Earth Science Education program is offered as a major or minor through the College of Education & Human Services.
Courses typically have about 15 students and are taught by professors who are experts in the field. As a smaller science department, UWO Geology faculty can give one-on-one attention to each student, and also serve as academic and research advisors, and mentors. In addition to weekend field trips with most courses, we also run two field courses every year, one of which is the capstone course and is taught in Utah. Because of the affordable cost and practical field experience students gain, a Geology degree from UW Oshkosh is one of the best educational values available for aspiring geologists!
The basic geology degree (no emphasis) will give you a great foundation for understanding the Earth and is designed to lead to a career in earth science, the environment, or sustainability.
Professional Geology Emphasis
In the Professional Geology emphasis, students gain the necessary background for planning to become professional geologists. Completion of the curriculum prepares students to succeed in entry-level positions in the industry or to undertake graduate study in geology.
Professional Hydrogeology Emphasis
Students in the professional hydrogeology emphasis prepare for graduate study or employment in the hydrogeology industry.
The emphasis focuses on aspects of geology and related sciences that pertain to the occurrence, movement, supply and quality of water.
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