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Major in Geoscience

Understand Earth
to Improve Our World

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The Earth is Our

And it's also the only home we've got.

Geoscientists help understand how the world works, focusing on the interactions between the different systems that make up the Earth. Through this understanding, we can create more responsible, effective solutions to environmental issues. Your expertise is needed around the world, with careers in ground water quality, flood control, erosion, petroleum, green energy conversion—the list goes on. Because geoscientists are needed worldwide, you’ll experience a hands-on, in-demand career with the opportunity to travel near and far.

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What is Geoscience?

Geoscience is far more than just rocks and minerals. It's four-dimensional: you'll study how the Earth works, with topics in geology, soil science, oceanography, and weather and climate. The fourth dimension? Time! Geoscientists contribute to solving pollution problems, understanding long-term climate and environmental changes and providing economic resources for a 21st century civilization. 


Take your place with our next class of experts encouraging responsible stewardship and understanding of our home.



Geoscience offers something for every skill—including field work, high-tech laboratory work, microscopy or computer modeling. 

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Experience is Our

Jump into hands-on laboratory and field opportunities.

Embark on a journey of discovery where your education leaps off the page and into the real world. Right from the start, you're applying classroom knowledge in hands-on labs and through fieldwork that brings lessons to life. With semesterly field trips, such as a visit to Upper Michigan iron mines, your education is as rich as the ores themselves. Delve into compelling research across diverse earthly terrains. And for those days on campus, our four monitoring wells and a deep drill core from beneath Green Bay offer a world of exploration at your fingertips.

About Geoscience

Explore Our Multifaceted Program

Step into a small but robust major, with classes at the intersection of all sciences and direct attention from start to finish.

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General Emphasis

The general emphasis reflects a typical bachelor’s degree. You'll complete courses across sciences, with professors emphasizing hands-on experiences to facilitate your education.

General Requirements

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Accelerated Emphasis

The accelerated emphasis, integrated with our master’s in environmental science and policy, means you can earn up to 12 graduate credits as an undergraduate.

Accelerated Requirements

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Minor Benefits

Our geoscience minor expands your career options and develops knowledge and skills, particularly for environmental science, environmental policy & planning and water science.

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An Integrative Degree

Geoscience integrates a wide array of sciences, including physics, chemistry and water science, so pairing it with a major or adding a minor often just makes sense.

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Money Matters

Scholarships can offset the cost of college and make your education more accessible. The best part? Our application means you’ll be considered for all UW-Green Bay scholarships.

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Academic Support

Take advantage of all the resources at your disposal. At the Learning Center, you can get access to academic tutoring, success coaching and writing support.

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Neda Mobasher

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"The best part about the geoscience program is the small class sizes and exceptional faculty. The geoscience faculty are incredibly involved and supportive of our goals ensuring that we thrive in our coursework and development as students."

Neda Mobasher '22
Geoscience & Environmental Science Double Major | Ph.D. Student/Graduate Research Assistant, Florida State University

Professor John Luczaj

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Meet Professor John Luczaj, the chair of our program. As an avid researcher and practiced professor, he seeks to link classroom learning with hands-on experiences, like independent studies and travel courses. If you have questions about the program, he can help!

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