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Our Program

Geology is an applied and interdisciplinary field that uses a combination of field work, computer modeling and lab work in the solution of many environmental and resource-oriented problems. Geologists study the surface and interior of the earth and other planets. They work to understand the processes that have shaped our planet in the past, and which will be shaping it in the future.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has a strong geology program with unique supporting areas of hydrology, soils and environmental science as well as the more traditional physics, chemistry and biology. Students can expect class sizes that are small with individualized attention for students and enthusiastic faculty who have a diverse range of expertise.


Geologists’ jobs may have them working on problems of their home town or traveling to the far corners of the earth. They may be doing basic field work in the wilderness one day and utilizing the most sophisticated analytical and computer equipment the next. Meaningful careers are open to those with bachelor’s degrees, with expanded opportunities for those who go on to receive graduate degrees.

Our graduates perform work in the fields of:

  • mineral exploration,
  • petroleum geology,
  • engineering geology,
  • environmental geology,
  • geohydrology,
  • paleontology, and
  • work at universities in a diverse set of subjects.

Major employers include:

  • engineering and geological consulting firms,
  • hydrological and environmental consultants,
  • state and federal agencies,
  • mining companies,
  • museums,
  • universities and colleges,
  • secondary schools,
  • petroleum exploration,
  • production companies.

Global. Innovative. Excellent.

Students with a history major are armed with skills for many different and rewarding careers. Some careers include history teaching, museum jobs, park rangers, politics, advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, and researcher.

Faculty encourage their students to participate in a study-abroad program during their time at UW-River Falls. It gives students a sense of global perspective and makes them well-rounded persons. Some popular programs are International Traveling Classroom, Belize Study Tour, and Germany Abroad. These programs fulfill university requirements as well as classes within the major.