Geology majors and minors study the formation, history, composition and structure of our planet. At Calvin, we believe that the more we know about the earth, the better equipped we are to care for God's creation.

Overview

In Calvin's geology program, you will be exposed to a wide range of geological topics, including paleontology, oceanography, prehistory and mineralogy. You'll also have these opportunities:

  • explore mines, quarries, sand dunes, canyons, volcanoes and other geographical features as part of courses and study abroad programs
  • conduct research with a professor during the summer
  • discover what it means to be a Christian scientist

Careers in Geology

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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Spend a summer gaining research experience in your field; join the ESC (Environmental Stewardship Coalition); Travel to West Virginia on spring break to petition against mountaintop removal.

Scholarships

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

Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, environmental science or physics major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bruce B. Dice Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $8,500
  • junior or senior year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; passionate about geology; good communication skills; strong commitment to the Christian faith and Calvin College; willingness to take a course in Christian philosophy; expects to contribute to further science and faith discussions from a Christian standpoint following graduation
  • apply through the geology, geography, and environmental studies department
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • automatic consideration
Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc; have an interest in outdoor activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Clarence and Irene Menninga Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; geology or environmental geology major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jerrian (M.D.) and Anna (Terpstra) Van Dellen Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; geology or environmental geology major; demonstrate academic potential, leadership ability and Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

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

Talk to us

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

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Geology as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Deanna van Dijk, Ken Bergwerff, for more information about teacher certification in Earth/space Science

Contact Ken Bergwerff for more information about teacher certification in Geography

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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