Geology Field Study

Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


As a geology major, you’ll spend almost as much time in the field as you do in the classroom. You’ll explore some of the most spectacular geological landscapes in the country and use them as your guide as you learn how the Earth works.

Who It's For

The geology program is designed for students who are naturally curious about their surroundings. As you study geology, you will develop your knowledge and interpretive skills until you are able to see the Earth’s present landscape as evidence of its dynamic past.

Key Benefits

  • Westminster has the only liberal arts geology program set among the amazing landscapes of Utah’s deserts and mountains.
  • Frequent field study opportunities allow you to use the Earth itself to guide you in hands-on learning.
  • Exploration is at the heart of the geology program. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to develop your own questions and find your own answers. This exploration happens through field-based classes, summer field experiences, and undergraduate research opportunities.  Many of our students have presented the results of their research at regional and national conferences.
Geology Field Study

About the Program

Geology majors begin by learning about the rocks and minerals that compose the Earth and what each of them can tell us about our planet’s past. In more advanced classes, geology majors explore the theories that let us understand that past in detail as well as make predictions about the future.

What You'll Learn

  • Study the earth’s dynamic past through exploration of its current landscape
  • Evaluate what data are necessary to answer a particular question
  • Work together constructively in challenging field environments
  • Synthesize multiple lines of evidence and multiple sources of data to support geologic hypotheses
  • Bring a geological perspective to discussions of social issues

Sample Courses

Geology of the American West

Discover the fundamentals of geology by exploring and explaining the world around you. In this class we use examples from the Pacific Northwest, the Colorado Plateau, and the Wasatch Mountains to understand the forces that have shaped our planet’s past and continue to shape it today.

Geological Research Methods

This course combines abbreviated classroom time with extended day, weekend, or semester break field excursions that will give you the opportunity to collect samples, make your own maps, and put into practice the concepts that we learn in the classroom.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • National Park Service
  • Resource management
  • Mining and mine safety
  • Geological consulting
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Environmental enforcement

Other Geology Programs

Westminster College also offers a minor in geology, which is a great addition to a degree in environmental studies, outdoor education and leadership, chemistry, or biology.

Learn More About the Geology Program

Check Out the Geology Department

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)


You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Geology Scholarships

Up to $4,000 per year for both Fall 2017 first-year and new transfer geology students, based on a combination of merit and need.

How to Apply

  • Apply to Westminster
  • Submit a FASFA (Westminster's FAFSA School Code: 003681)
  • Enroll in at least 1 geology class during the fall of your first year
  • Declare either a geology major or minor before the end of your second year and maintain a 2.7 GPA in your major's classes.

For questions, please contact David Goldsmith, geology program chair at

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