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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. 

Ben Laabs interview on Futureproof

What exactly are ice ages and why do they occur? Hear NDSU Geosciences' Ben Laabs, discuss on Futureproof

Ben Laabs - Inspiring Teacher

Ben Laabs is a talented instructor in the NDSU Dept of Geosciences, who brings a passion for teaching and learning to his many courses, which include History of Life on Earth, Environmental Geology, Climate Change and Energy, Geology of the Red River Valley, Structural Geology and Glacial Geology!

Congratulations to NDSU Geology Students!

CONGRATULATIONS to NDSU Geology major Shelby Gunnells for being offered a prestigious Fellowship from the 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)! Shelby's application was titled "An experimental study of the long-term impacts of deep-sea mining discharge on the water column."

Fellowships provide the student with a stipend and education allowance, as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.

In addition, Geology major Emily Nelson was listed as an Honorable Mention! Her application was on the effect of wildfires on soil properties and groundwater infiltration.

NDSU Geo alum Jackie (Wrage) Kleinsasser was also awarded a GRFP in 2019. Congrats to all.

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Geology Major at NDSU Video - Check it out!

The Geology Major at NDSU is a launching pad to a variety of careers!

NDSU Geosciences Statement

NDSU Geosciences condemns racist behavior. We respect all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This respect should be shown both on and off campus; in-person or virtual.  NDSU students, staff and faculty are committed to the university policies regarding discrimination: 

Beyond our department and campus community, these standards apply in our profession. The Code of Conduct for the Geological Society of America.

Department News

The department will be moving to part of a newly constructed building in the center of campus, Sugihara Hall. The building, which will house the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Department of Geosciences, along with classrooms began construction in the summer of 2020. The move is scheduled for late 2021 / early 2022. Stay tuned for more info!view of Sugihara Hall

View of construction of Sugihara Hall in March, 2021

View of construction of Sugihara Hall in November, 2020

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


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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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