All schools, colleges, and universities are dedicated to teaching; but a research university has the responsibility for discovery of new knowledge and for training the next generation of scholars and teachers. The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota has long been one of the nation's outstanding departments. It was established in 1874 and has a prestigious reputation for educating graduate students who have gone on to successful and productive careers throughout the world. The Department welcomes applications from students who wish to work at the cutting edge of earth sciences with faculty who are dedicated to establishing close working relationships with their graduate students. The faculty of the Department of Geology and Geophysics are involved in excellent research programs; thus they offer an opportunity to work with leaders in the various fields in the earth sciences as well as many other interdisciplinary programs offered here at the University. Graduate study in the Department of Geology and Geophysics is a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Source: Department Website July 2010