Environmental Geology Minor

Apply the principles of geology to urgent environmental challenges, like natural disasters, geologic hazards, the distribution of natural resources and climate change. Learn how humans can develop a responsible and sustainable relationship with the Earth.

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Why Study Environmental Geology at Albion?

As a student of environmental geology at Albion, you’ll be at the forefront of the movement to protect our natural world. You’ll study how the land, oceans and atmosphere interact and what happens when their balance is compromised. You’ll work closely with faculty to study the potential impacts of human activity on the environment. And you’ll develop critical and transferable skills in critical thinking, scientific reading, analysis, problem-solving and verbal and written communication.

What Will You Learn as an Environmental Geology Minor?

You’ll learn how geological processes and human activity are impacting global environmental change.

You’ll study the origins of the mineral and energy resources that humans have come to depend on–like gold, diamonds, water, oil and building materials–and learn about the environmental implications of their utilization.

You’ll contextualize everything you learn through hands-on experience, by undertaking and presenting field and/or lab research, studying abroad or participating in an internship.