Explore the richness of Earth and its peoples in a Christian learning community.
Join a group of highly-motivated, inquisitive students to examine, investigate and analyze earth systems. Study under professors who bring years of experience, research opportunities and a distinctly Christian viewpoint to the classroom. Get ready to dive in to an active scientific community.
GeologyExamine the formation, history, composition, structure and processes of planet Earth. Learn to apply your knowledge, and your faith, to solving practical problems.
GeographyInvestigate physical and cultural landscapes, their resulting interactions and the effects they have on creating societies.
Environmental StudiesStudy stewardship: Analyze Earth's environmental systems and learn how to effectively serve God in their care and preservation.
students majoring and minoring in geology, geography, and/or environmental studies.
distinct academic programs, including 7 majors, 1 group major, and 5 minors.
distinct student research projects have taken place over the past 5 summers.
faculty members: 2 geologists 4 geographers 1 environmental policy specialist 1 earth science education specialist
different interims (4 off-campus) offered.
distinct facilities include a weather station, map library, GIS computer lab, and more.
Explore the Calvin GEO Department
Majors, Minors and Programs
Explore the geology major, environmental science major (geology emphasis) and more.
Our hands-on research program lets you study Michigan's coastal dunes up close.
Our collection, gifted by Geology alumnus, hosts over 300 mineral, meteorite and fossil specimens.
There are no announcements at this time.
Bringing the beach to campus
Eight hundred tons of sand composes Calvin's newest research site
Spark, September 01, 2020
Creating a dune on Calvin's campus
Realizing bringing her class regularly to the lakeshore to do research would be riskier this year, Calvin professor Deanna van Dijk decided to bring the research site to the students. 450 cubic yards of sand is coming to campus.
News & Stories, July 30, 2020
Good Places for All
Professor Mark Bjelland shares some thoughts on the importance of place.
Spark, April 01, 2020
Diverse showcase of treasures captures history, beauty, and love
Spark, December 01, 2019
Two Calvin professors have recently released books intended for young readers.
Spark, September 01, 2019
First-year students researching Lake Michigan dunes
Now in its seventh year, Calvin's First-Year Research in Earth Science course continues to immerse first-year students in hands-on research along the Lake Michigan coastline.
News & Stories, November 6, 2018
Caring for Place
Members of the Calvin community pursue the welfare of the city
Spark, September 01, 2018
New online app empowers returning citizens transitioning out of prison
The Calvin Prison Initiative and the Henry Institute have created the Returning Citizens Resources online application to empower returning citizens in their transition out of prison and into society.
News & Stories, January 26, 2018
Calvin College advances its commitment to environmental sustainability
On Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4 p.m., Calvin College President Michael Le Roy signed Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
News & Stories, December 6, 2017
Ecosystem Preserve expands, adds a new avenue for adventure
Calvin added four more acres to the public portion of its Ecosystem Preserve. The added land includes interesting ecological features and a new trail which will be open to visitors in fall 2017.
News & Stories, October 23, 2017
Alum's Fulbright focuses on conservation in Nicaragua
Interest in biology and faith-based missions help research
Spark, September 01, 2017
Exploring new ground through summer research
This summer, 85 students participated in Calvin College’s summer research. The program spans 10 weeks and allows students to explore one of 56 projects in eight different STEM fields.
News & Stories, August 4, 2017
Walking Boldly: Megan Pluymert
Calvin taught Megan Pluymert ’17 to view the world holistically, with a mind toward renewal. She’s now using her environmental studies major to study urban and regional planning.
News & Stories, July 4, 2017
Calvin alum's Fulbright focuses on conservation efforts in Nicaragua
Through a Fulbright scholarship, Joel Betts '14 will be assessing the extent of agricultural and hurricane-induced forest loss in an indigenous territory in Nicaragua.
News & Stories, May 10, 2017
Alum analyzes lake sediment to understand climate change
Spark, September 15, 2016