Paleontology Minor

What are life’s origins? How has life evolved over time? How do we know? As a student of paleontology, you will unlock the secrets of plant and animal life and their preservation, and investigate how ancient life forms reflect patterns of environmental and evolutionary change.

Student observing specimens displayed on a table.

Why Study Paleontology at Albion?

As an undergraduate at Albion, you will have the opportunity to dig into the real samples and big questions of paleontology. As a paleontology minor, you will use our state-of-the-art research laboratories to analyze samples, learn first-hand from our extensive fossil collections, and collaborate with our faculty to undertake field and/or lab research. You will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and data analysis skills that will set you up for success in any career. 

What Will You Learn as a Paleontology Minor?

You will study how changing environments and climates have impacted evolution and extinction, what these patterns mean for the future of life on Earth, and how we can utilize that data for work in conservation paleobiology today.

You will use our state-of-the-art laboratories to analyze fossils and sedimentary rocks from around the world and under the microscope in order to understand the evolution and preservation of ancient life forms over time.

You will contextualize everything you learn through hands-on experience, by undertaking and presenting field and/or lab research, studying abroad, or participating in an internship. This experiential learning will allow you to put theory into practice.


At Albion, you can pair a paleontology minor with any of our majors.


Paleontology Minor (for Geology Majors)

As a geology major with a paleontology minor, you will deepen your understanding of how the Earth developed by studying the life forms that have shaped, and been shaped by, our natural world.

Paleontology Minor (for non-Geology Majors)

As a paleontology minor, you will study the history of life on Earth. As such, this discipline adds context and richness to almost any field of study. Students frequently combine their minor in paleontology with majors in biology, history, and anthropology.