Undergraduate Education

Study in the Black Hills where the diverse geology and paleontology of the area provide a spectacular natural classroom.

A love of natural resources and the out-of-doors lead many students to an interest in geology, paleontology and geological engineering. So in addition to classwork and lectures, we engage students in field and lab work that make academic concepts come alive.

With a diverse faculty, pursuing varied research goals, we offer expertise in a wide spectrum of geological sciences. Small class sizes mean greater individual attention and students can choose from many elective options to fully prepare for what they plan to do after graduation -- whether that will be an industry or government position or pursuing a graduate degree. Undergraduate students complete their degree requirements with capstone courses in field geology (GEOL) or field geological engineering (GEOE) and either engineering design (GEOE) or senior research (GEOL) projects. 

Two undergraduate degrees are available:

We also offer an Accelerated Masters Program that can help you achieve both your BS and MS degrees in as little as five years.  

Strong relationships with industry and governmental organizations have helped us design flexible and forward-looking programs. USGS Dakota Water Science Center, the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Army Corps of Engineers, and national parks and museums in our area are among the governmental entities that partner with us to provide educational and internship opportunities for students.

The department is also supported by many active student organizations that combine a love of geological sciences with a healthy dose of fun and outreach. Clubs might initiate a camping trip with fellow students, explore a local mine, interact with the public at “Dinosaur Day” at the Museum of Geology, inspire younger students at local K-12 schools, or work to bring outside speakers to department events.