With increasing pressure to make our society more sustainable, geologists provide unique perspectives on how we can better steward God's creation.

Overview

Environmental geology is an intensive, 55-credit hour major that combines work in geology, GIS-mapping and environmental studies. In this program you will:

  • learn mapping and analysis in Calvin's geo-spatial laboratory
  • participate in department-sponsored visits to mines, quarries, sand dunes and other locations of geographical interest
  • study geology within the context of a strong liberal arts core curriculum

Careers in Environmental Geology

  • Geochemist
  • Structural Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Federal Surveyor
  • Employee for NASA
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Work in the Geology Department as a lab or weather station assistant; Study geology in Hawaii, Montana or Oregon; Work alongside a professor conducting summer research.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Environmental Geology major

(51-52 semester hours)

Cognates (16 semester hours)

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Clarence and Irene Menninga Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jerrian (M.D.) and Anna (Terpstra) Van Dellen Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial aid required; must demonstrate academic potential, leadership ability and Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Henk Aay

Henk Aay
Professor Emeritus
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 058
aay@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7033

James Skillen

James Skillen
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH B77
jrs39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7546

Ralph Stearley

Ralph Stearley
Professor
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

Deanna van Dijk

Deanna van Dijk
Professor
NH 079
dvandijk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6510

Gerry Van Kooten

Gerry Van Kooten
Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 081
gkv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6374

Jason VanHorn

Jason VanHorn
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 075
jev35@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7623

Talk to us

Ralph Stearley Ralph Stearley
Department Co-Chair
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

Johnathan Bascom Johnathan Bascom
Department Co-Chair
department chair
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 085
jbascom@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7053

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