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Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies at Calvin

A diverse department

The Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department at Calvin College offers more than just a great learning experience - it guarantees students rich interaction with active professors, deep involvement in various department projects, and opportunities to just have fun with others who wish to learn and apply their knowledge to better God's earth, in both the natural and social sciences.

Faculty with experience

From a petrologist working in Alaska to a professor of geography from Ethiopia, the geology, geography and environmental studies department at Calvin hosts a wide array of faculty with experience in the fields of geomorphology, historical geology, and environmental science.


Traveling abroad

The department has a special emphasis on taking the learning experience beyond the bounds of the classroom. From field trips all around the state to interims in Hawaii, Kenya, and New Zealand, the geology, geography and environmental studies department at Calvin values making the learning process more than just a reading or lecture.

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News and events »

  • We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Renee Sparks as our new Geology Professor!
  • CHOCOLATE! Earn a (large) candy bar for recommending your friends to take GEO courses!
  • We are now accepting applications for Fall 2015 positions.
  • Advising questions?
  • Save the date: the GEO Department will host its annual end of the year party from 3:15 to 4:15 on May 12, immediately followed by a retirement reception for Professor Gerry van Kooten.
  • Check out the upcoming seminars!
  • Need to take a Natural World Core class, but don't know what? Take a GEO course!

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