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Whether you're looking to work in the oil fields, a research lab, or a university setting, a geology degree from minot state university will open doors.

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Geology is the star of North Dakota's oil boom, which has made this patch of Earth - also rich in natural gas and coal - an incredibly exciting place to study the physical history of the earth and to translate that knowledge into a career.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Geology (BA)
    • Prepares you for work in oil, gas, or metal mining industry
    • Public and private sector careers in geology, geophysics and oceanography
    • Graduate studies in geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Earth Science (BSE)

What you'll study
You'll study historical geology, minerals and rocks, paleontology, structural geology, and field geology. You'll be encouraged to complete a minor and/or concentrations in chemistry, physics, environmental geology, mathematics, or computer science. And you'll take required general studies courses.

Course Catalog

Field work and research opportunities
Field trips are common and working in the field is encouraged. Many students assist faculty members with research projects and frequently receive credit when research is published. Students choosing the education degree will have student teaching requirements.

Employment outlook
Employment is expected to grow faster than average and will be exceptionally good for geoscientists with master's degrees. Most new jobs will be in management, scientific and technical consulting services as more geoscientists are hired as consultants.

Join the club
Many MSU geoscience students join AUGITE - the Association of Undergraduate Geologists in Industry, Technology and Education. An active club on the Minot State University campus, AUGITE members host special events and speakers, coordinate field trips, execute community outreach projects, and plan social gatherings.

Our faculty
Minot State's geoscience faculty members are highly qualified instructors and published researchers. They are eager to help students meet individual career goals and engage in research.

Our facilities
Cyril Moore Science Center is home to the geology, biology, physics, and chemistry departments. It houses nearly 30 laboratories, and museum exhibits featuring seashell and marine life, Paleozoic fossils, and African big game. Our geosciences facilities house several major analytical instruments with capabilities for materials characterization rivals those of just about any undergraduate geology program.

Our college
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills they need to succeed in a diverse world.

To learn more, visit our Geosciences web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Dr. Bob Crackel
Chair of Science Department
Phone: 701-858-3161 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3161