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.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

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 of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 085
jbascom@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7053

Admissions

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