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South Dakota - School of Mines and Technology Bachelor of Science in Geology
South Dakota - School of Mines and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Geology

Rapid City, USA

4 Years


Full time

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Aug 2024

USD 29,200 / per year



What is Geology?

Geology is the study of the structure, evolution, and history of Earth and its mineral and energy resources.

Geology students at South Dakota Mines take advantage of the rich geological and paleontological resources of the region. They also can access the extensive fossil and mineral collections of the Museum of Geology, which is located on campus. Students have an opportunity to work at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), model earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and other geologic hazards, reconstruct the early history of the solar system through experimental petrology, study environmental issues from geothermal energy to water protection, and excavate and prepare fossils ranging from dinosaurs to saber-tooth cats.

What does a geologist do?

Geologists analyze the processes that have shaped the Earth, using rocks, minerals, and fossils to reconstruct that history. They study how the Earth was formed, how it has developed, and how life has evolved in reaction to tectonic and climatic changes.

The geology program at South Dakota Mines takes advantage of the proximity of the Black Hills through a rigorous field and laboratory-based education that provides students with a unique blend of hands-on experiences with strong theoretical foundations.


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