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Earth Science Education

What is geology?
The geosciences are among the most important fields of study in our highly technological world. They bring together studies of our energy resources, mineral deposits, land utilization, water resources, the atmosphere, planetary exploration, and the universe into complex and interrelated disciplines.

Learn with Minot State
As an Earth science education major at Minot State, you will take courses in 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. You will also take required education classes as you prepare for teaching.

Field work and research opportunities
Field trips are common and working in the field is required. Students assist faculty members with research projects and frequently receive credit when research is published. These valuable research opportunities will enhance your job and graduate school prospects.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers earn a median pay of $61,820 per year. 

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your earth science education degree

Experienced faculty
Minot State’s geoscience faculty members are highly qualified instructors and published researchers. They are eager to help all students meet individual career goals and engage in research.
Employment outlook
Teachers in the sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) are most needed by high schools.
Our facilities
The Division of Science has several major analytical instruments acquired with funding through competitive grants from the National Science Foundation. These instruments are used for materials characterization both in coursework and research.
Get involved
A.U.G.I.T.E., or the Association of Undergraduate Geologists in Industry, Technology, and Education, is the Minot State Geology Club. It is an active GSA-sponsored University entity that sponsors geology-related field trips, outreach events, and brings in occasional speakers from the geological industry to discuss issues graduating students might soon face when entering the professional geological workplace.

Requirements for future teachers
Admission to the teacher education program is selective. For a complete listing of program requirements, go to

Teacher education programs at Minot State University are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Minot State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.