The Department of Geosciences is a nationally recognized program with a long history of excellence in undergraduate education. Our first bachelor’s degree was granted in 1902 and our program was the first university science department established in the state of Montana.
Western Montana is an amazing natural laboratory to study geosciences. All of our courses for majors have field experiences. Many of our students work on faculty research projects or do internships with government agencies, NGOs, and industry. Many of our graduates complete a senior thesis as part of their degree program, where they are mentored one-on-one by a faculty member through a research project.
Our graduates are in high demand by employers, across government, industry, consulting, and non-profit sectors. Geoscience-related career opportunities are expected to increase by 5% from 2022 to 2032. During the last decade, 90% of our undergraduates have completed their degree in four years or less.