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Department of Geosciences


The Department of Geosciences is home to NDSU's Geology and Geography programs. We are also home to about 50 undergraduate majors, who participate in a close-knit environment with opportunities for research, field trips and other educational experiences. We invite your inquiries into our program and to arrange for an appointment and tour. 

   A native of Rosemount, Minnesota, Nick Hugo is a double-major 
   at NDSU in Geology and Biology -- a perfect combination for his
   passion for paleontology. Nick has recently returned from New
   Zealand, where he assisted NDSU paleontologist Dr. Lydia Tackett
   on a  reconnaissance research trip. Their goal was to document
   how marine animals lived during the Triassic Period (about 220
   million years ago). This included preliminary work at the University
   of Auckland and then a search for new fossil localities on the South

News and Events:

Departmental Newsletter: The Buffalo Rock • February, 2015

New Curriculum Guide:
2014-15 Curriculum Guide

Why Study Geology? Learn more about the career opportunities associated with becoming a geologist.

Lake Agassiz Rock Club: a public group interested in collecting/trading rocks and minerals and learning about geology. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month (except in summer), at Stevens Hall Room 136, NDSU. The public is invited.

Graduate Program in Environmental & Conservation Sciences: The ECS Program is a cross-disciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. program at NDSU. Faculty in the Department of Geosciences can advise graduate students in the program.

Make a Donation: NDSU Geosciences welcomes your donations in support of its undergraduate field training and scholarships. Learn more.


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Donald P. Schwert, Professor and Chair
Department of Geosciences
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8455 / Fax: (701) 231-7149
Campus Address: Stevens Hall 201
Mailing Address: NDSU Dept 2745  PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Last Updated: Monday, February 09, 2015 9:25:38 AM