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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
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
  • Graduate studies in geology

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Employment outlook
Employment is expected to grow faster than average and will be exceptionally 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. 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.
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.

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