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.
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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
Out of this world: Lunar sample comes to Calvin
A lunar sample will be displayed in Calvin's Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum starting November 28.
News & Stories, November 22, 2016
Calvin student guides urban planning effort in Appleton
Second year student Noah Schumerth's committed to finding a solution to Appleton’s zoning code that would best meet the demands of its residents.
News & Stories, November 17, 2016
Alum analyzes lake sediment to understand climate change
Spark, September 15, 2016
Charting a new course for Plaster Creek
The Plaster Creek Stewards recently received two grants totaling $800K, allowing the group to expand its educational, research and restoration work in one of the state's most polluted watersheds.
News & Stories, July 29, 2016
Fulbright student to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier will be heading to Austria in September 2016 to explore the journeys of a half dozen refugee families.
News & Stories, May 10, 2016
Story map project aims for ecological justice in Plaster Creek watershed
Students Annaka Scheeres and Charlotte Reynolds ’16 teamed up with Professor Jason Van Horn to create a digital story of the watershed and its populations.
News & Stories, March 23, 2016