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Carleton College Geology Curriculum

See the Carleton College online geology course catalog for a detailed listing of courses required for the geology major.

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Illustration of the 2007 Carleton College Geology curriculum, constructed by Carol Ormand. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The Carleton College Geology department offers one major degree program, in geology. The interests and goals of Carleton's geology students are diverse; more than three-fourths go to graduate school as preparation for careers in environmental sciences, industry, academia and the public sector at the local through federal levels. A degree in geology has also proved to be a good foundation for graduate work in law, architecture, engineering, resource economics, and resource management, conservation and work with the Parks Service. Typical of Carleton, the department's graduates can also be found in business, medicine, social work, the ministry, and a dozen more other professions, in part because the geology curriculum is both flexible and rooted in the traditions of a liberal arts education.


The primary goal of Carleton's geology program is to produce well-rounded citizens with the skills they'll need to succeed in geology or related fields. The focus is on collaborative, investigative learning; real-world research experiences integrated throughout the curriculum; analytical and critical thinking; and learning how to learn. The department's success is evident through the success of its alumni.

Courses and Sequencing

Entry into the program

Core courses and electives

Students are required to take 6 upper-level geology courses*, selected from the following list:

* Paleoecology may count toward the geology major if taken concurrently with the Paleoecology lab.

Other required courses


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