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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 studying geology, you will constantly examine each of these areas relative to mankind’s present and future needs to maintain the quality of life on Earth.

Learn with Minot State
As a geology major, you will take courses in physical and historical geology, minerals and rocks, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, and field geology.  In the Bachelor of Arts program, you will also be encouraged to complete a minor and/or concentrations in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science.

When you study geosciences at Minot State University, you can prepare for:

  • Careers in oil, gas, and the metal mining industry
  • Careers in the public and private sector in geology, geophysics, and oceanography
  • Careering with agencies that study and manage earth resources and environmental consulting
  • Graduate studies in geology and other geosciences disciplines

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, geoscientists earn a median pay of $87,480 per year.

Offered: On campus

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Employment outlook
Employment is expected to grow faster than average and will be very good for geoscientists with graduate degrees. Most new jobs will be in management, scientific, and technical consulting services as more geoscientists are hired as consultants.
Field work and research
Field trips are common and working in the field is required. You will assist faculty members with research projects and often receive credit when research is published. These valuable opportunities will enhance your job and graduate school prospects.
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
AUGITE, or the Association of Undergraduate Geologists in Industry, Technology, and Education, is the Minot State geology club. This active club 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.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All Minot State programs fulfill the requirements for licensure in the state of North Dakota. If you are seeking a professional license in a state other than North Dakota, learn more about program disclosures and licensure requirements at

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