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Unique Classroom Experiences
GEO department courses provide rigorous training in the classroom and in the field.
Expand Your Knowledge & Experience
The GEO department at Calvin provides countless opportunities for you to gain real experience in the field you'd like to enter.
- Take part in research projects your professors are conducting either in the summer, or throughout the year.
- Find off-campus internships during the year, or in the summer.
- Study abroad in GEO-related academic programs.
- Get a part-time job through the GEO department doing everything from updating the GEO Website to maintaining the GIS computer lab.
Consider Graduate Study
Going to graduate school is a great way to deepen your knowledge of a specific area within or related to the geosciences.
Talk with your faculty advisor to learn more about preparing for grad school.
Meet the Right People
Even while you're an undergraduate student, expanding your network of contacts within your target career field will help you make your way after graduation. A few ideas on how to build a professional network:
- Get to know your professors. With their years of experience, they know many people in their fields that may be able to help establish your career.
- Attend extracurricular lectures and seminars and introduce yourself to speakers. Department seminars are a good place to start, but watch for university-wide lectures like those offered in The January Series
- Become involved in student clubs to start developing relationships with your future colleagues.
- Do an off-campus internship with a local organization and keep in contact with those you work with there.
- Work with a professor on a paper or presentation and co-present your findings at a professional conference.
May term GEO courses
Visit the Calvin Off-Campus Programs website for an up-to-date list of currently active off-canmpus programs in GEO and other disciplines. Programs that are offered can include:
- GEOL 112 Earth Science for Educators (May)
- GEOL 153 Big Sky Geology: Montana (May)
- DCM: Faith and Nature in the Range of Light (May)
- GEO W41: Field Geography of Scotland (May)
Find major and minor checklists, important forms, and other information to help you plan your GEO program at the Advising page.
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