Dr. Laurie Anderson
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Mineral Industries 303
Professors Anderson, Duke, Masterlark, Price and Uzunlar; Associate Professor Pagnac; Assistant Professors Baran and Ustunisik; Professors Emeritus Fox, Lisenbee, Martin, Paterson, and Redden.
Professor Stetler; Associate Professors Katzenstein and Sawyer; Assistant Professor Li; Professors Emeritus Davis and Rahn; Adjunct Faculty M. Anderson, Benton, Iles, McCormick, Roggenthen, and Valder.
Geology Program (includes Paleontology)
Geologists study processes shaping Earth today and through its history to learn how it formed, how it has developed over time, and how life has evolved through time in response to tectonic and climatic changes. In their careers, geologists may seek to understand the formation of natural resources like minerals or petroleum, protect water and soil resources, or mitigate against geologic hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes. The GEOL program at SD Mines takes advantage of the proximity of the Black Hills through a rigorous field-based education that provides students a unique blend of hands-on experiences with strong theoretical foundations. Students have the opportunity to take electives in five focus areas including Energy and Mineral Resources, Environmental Geology, Geomathematics, Geospatial Technology, and Paleontology.
Geology Program Outcomes
A graduate with a BS in Geology is expected to:
• Apply scientific and mathematical knowledge to problems in the geosciences
• Analyze and interpret geological and other scientific data
• Work professionally with a team
• Collect geological data (from the literature, field, or laboratory) to answer a scientific question
• Follow the ethical standards of the geoscience profession
• Communicate effectively in oral and written form
• Apply geological knowledge to global systems and human societies
• Investigate geological problems using appropriate technology