What is a geologist?
Geologists discover natural resources, protect water quality and the environment, mitigate natural hazards, and explain how life evolved. They work in resource companies, consulting firms, museums, and labs. At SD Mines, we offer an undergraduate (BS) degree in Geology, the only Masters Degree in the nation in Paleontology, and a PhD in Geology and Geological Engineering.
Mines uses the
Museum of Geology's 500,000 specimens, the new
Paleontology Research Laboratory, and the Black Hills and Badlands for training and field experiences. Equidistant from three of the largest energy basins in the US – Williston, Powder River, and Denver – Mines offers an unparalleled natural lab. Students also work at Sanford Lab and research earthquakes and eruptions in real time.
Average Starting Salary
- Neset Consulting
- Baker Hughes
- Freeport McMoRan
- Coeur Mining
- Badlands National Park
- US Forest Service
- Rare Element Resources
|* Based on 9 offers, ranging from: $31,845 to $95,000. |
Internships & Co-ops
76% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 200 employers in 30 states. Students have traveled to Nicaraguan volcanoes, coastal biomes in Florida and the Bahamas, Michigan mines, and a mile below the earth at the
Sanford Underground Research Facility. They've worked with faculty who've discovered new dinosaurs and conducted fieldwork spanning continents, from Turkey to Death Valley.
The geology department runs one of the largest
summer field camp stations in the United States with opportunities to study in the Black Hills, Denver Basin, Death Valley, Turkey, Nepal, Iceland, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, and India.