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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)

Advising Resources

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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