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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, atmosphere, planetary exploration, and the universe into complex and interrelated disciplines. By pursuing an earth science education degree, you will also take required education classes as you prepare for teaching.

Get involved
The Association of Undergraduate Geologists in Industry, Technology, and Education (A.U.G.I.T.E.) 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 face when entering the professional geological workplace. To enhance your learning on the education side, you can join the Students of North Dakota United (SNDU).

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Be inspired . . . earn our earth science education degree

Field work and research 
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 opportunities will enhance your job and graduate school prospects. Student teaching will be required for education degree.
Our facilities
The Division of Science has several major analytical instruments acquired with funding through competitive grants from the National Science Foundation. The analytical capabilities for materials characterization rivals those of just about any undergraduate geology program.
Student teaching 
Earth science education majors are required to complete student teaching. As a student teacher you will be responsible, as much as is appropriate, for the cooperating teacher’s classroom.
Employment outlook
Teachers in the sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) are most needed by high schools.
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. You’ll study historical geology, minerals and rocks, paleontology, structural geology, and field geology.

Minot State University is in the process of applying for accreditation via the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and expects approval in early 2019. Teacher education programs are currently accredited by NCATE. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.