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Students learn about Earth and its activities, composition, history, and future in a department led by faculty members who value adventure and exploration. Learning often takes place outside the classroom in local and regional field trips, in Italy on a Carleton-sponsored seminar, and in independent studies around the world. Close student-faculty interaction is a hallmark of the department, and students have easy access to excellent research facilities and resources in courses focused on mineralogy, petrology, and paleobiology. Carleton belongs to the Keck Geology Consortium, which sponsors summer research projects in collaboration with 11 other colleges

You can major in this subject.

For more information, see the Geology department site.

  • Mudd Hall

    Geology is housed in Mudd Hall

    Carleton students choose a major near the end of their sophomore year, either from one of the subjects listed below or by creating a special major. Students may also pursue a minor.

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