Geology studies how the Earth works and its history. It’s a field-based science that takes you outside the classroom and into nature. It offers plenty of variety by incorporating principles of chemistry, physics, biology, and math.
Professional geologists study earth processes like landslides, earthquakes, and rock formation. Understanding these activities is essential to sustaining life on Earth.
Studying geology at Illinois State gives you valuable skills for any career. You'll develop the ability to think critically, write, and analyze data.
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Year-round the geology program strongly emphasizes field-based education. Unlike many other schools, Illinois State offers classes with field trips as part of the curriculum.
Why study Geology?
The Geology minor introduces you to a variety of topics in the field.
In addition to classroom learning, you'll get plenty of hands-on experiences. Our labs let you interact with minerals, rocks, and fossils. They also expose you to the methods, techniques, and tools used by professional geologists. You'll have the opportunity to take field trips where you'll help solve real geologic challenges.