Gustavus Geology-Why Geology Rocks!

Why Major In Geology?

Canyonlands 2015

Geology is the ultimate interdisciplinary science. Geologists think about how the Earth system works over long and short time scales, and in particular how scientists can learn about the Earth by studying rocks, sediments, geologic structures and landforms. This requires a fundamental understanding of other sciences, namely physics and chemistry, in addition to knowledge of the Earth-sytem components.

Why Students like Geology

  • Camping trips for classes
  • Great professors
  • You get to go out and actually see what you are learning about
  • Many kinds of lab and computer work are involved
  • We have the best office on campus
  • Geology parties
  I study geology because it's just awesome. I get to explore and camp in some awesome places, stare at awesome rocks all day,and do awesome, hands-on activities. I suppose you get to learn some awesome things about the Earth too. Which is pretty awesome.

—Tanner Eischen, '17


I study Geology because I love being able to look at the history of the Earth, in example, why we have mountains, or why is there a fish fossil in the middle of the desert? Another bonus is all the hands on, and outdoor work. I can get paid to go camping in the most beautiful places on Earth, whats not to love?

—Lindsey Reiners, '17