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Department of Geosciences


The Department of Geosciences is home to NDSU's Geology and Geography programs. Our approximately 35 undergraduate majors participate in research, field trips and other educational experiences in a close-knit environment. We also advise graduate students in interdisciplinary programs at NDSU. We invite your inquiries into our program and to arrange a tour. 

Geo Seminar, Dr. Keith Brugger (Cancelled)

Dr. Keith Brugger

Professor of Geology, University of Minnesota Morris

was scheduled to present

Cold Facts, Imaginary Glaciers, and Visions of Paleoclimate in the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Many Years of Dreams and Nightmares
March 25 (Wednesday)
Stevens Hall 134, NDSU
Part of the Department of Geosciences Seminar Series - Spring 2020

(Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Geo Seminar Dr. Brennan Jordan, Wed, Apr 22 (Cancelled)

Dr. Brennan Jordan, Professor of Geology, University of South Dakota, was scheduled to present:

"Mixing and Mingling: Petrologic Intrigue in the Neogene of Iceland"

April 22 (Wednesday)

Part of the Department of Geosciences Seminar Series - Spring 2020

(Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Darwin Day 2020

NDSU's 11th annual Darwin Day celebration was held on February 28, 2020! This event celebrates the life and work of Charles Darwin. There were pop-up displays, public presentations and activities.

Darwin Day Dr. John Hawks, Friday, Feb. 28, 4 pm "Discoveries That Shed New Light on our African Origin"

"Discoveries That Shed New Light on our African Origin" - Professor John Hawks is an internationally recognized expert on human evolution and genetics. He has investigated the rapid evolution of modern humans within the past 40,000 years; and has explored the contribution of ancient Neandertals to the ancestry of people living today. He is a core member of the team that discovered the new species Homo naledi, from the Rising Star cave of South Africa. He has appeared in documentary films from PBS, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will be speaking 4-5 p.m. at A Glenn Hill Center, NDSU, room 112. All are invited!

Welcome to Spring Semester!

NDSU Geosciences is offering a variety of courses for Spring, 2020.

In Geology, these include The Earth Through Time (GEOL 106) and Lab (Geol 106L), Petrology and Lab (GEOL 422/423), Geomorphology (cross listed with GEOG), Environmental Geology (GEOL 300), and Geology of Climate Change and Energy (GEOL 201).

In Geography, we are offering  Fundamentals of GIS (GEOG 105).

Please contact us with any questions!

Department News

The department is slated to be part of a newly constructed building in the center of campus, Science Hall. The building, which will house the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Department of Geosciences, along with classrooms is scheduled to start construction in the summer of 2020. Stay tuned for more info!

Alumni and Friends Weekend a Great Success!

On Friday - Saturday, October 5-6, 2018, students, faculty and alums met at the 2018 NDSU Geosciences Alumni and Friends Weekend to renew friendships and make new ones. Events included presentations, lab tours, mock interviews for students, a dinner program and a Saturday field trip.

Congratulations to Jerry Mayer, the recipient of the College of Science and Mathematics Distinguished Alumni Award!

Thanks to all who donated and participated - we hope to make this gathering a regular event.

Dean Scott Wood and Jerrold Mayer ('76)

Departmental Newsletter: The Buffalo Rock • Summer, 2017

Departmental Strategic Plan: Goals & Metrics

Course Planner: Course Planner

Curriculum Guide 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 7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month (except in summer), at Stevens Hall Room 134, 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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Department of Geosciences
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8785 or +1 (701) 231-8455 / Fax: (701) 231-7149
Campus Address: Stevens Hall 127 or Geosciences Building 201
Mailing Address: NDSU Dept 2745  PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050


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