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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching Strengths

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Geo Fac SitesThe Geology staff have experience teaching at universities and carrying out research throughout the U.S. and beyond. Some of our research sites are shown on the map. MSU Mankato Geology faculty bring these experiences home to optimize student learning in classes large and small—in lectures and laboratories— throughout our curriculum.

Personal Instruction

InstructingMost geology classes at MSU Mankato consist of integrated lectures and laboratories. Because laboratory seating is kept small, students get a lot of one-on-one time with their faculty (not grad student) instructors. Our advanced geology classes typically enroll fewer than 15 students and include many opportunities for interaction in a positive learning environment. Faculty also reserve at least ten hours a week of office hours.

Hands On Learning

Mineral SamplesOur geology staff all adhere to a philosophy of "learning by doing". Whether it is time spent with maps, minerals, or (computer) mouse in hand, geology at MSU Mankato is all about active learning. We strongly encourage undergraduate research and keep a constant stream of juniors and seniors gathering field data, analyzing samples in our labs, and presenting results to audiences including national geology organizations.

Field Work and Travel

Gage ProjectThe Mankato area affords us many opportunities to get students into the natural world in nearly all of our classes. For example, the Environmental Geology class takes six separate field trips in a typical semester. From Lake Superior to the Black Hills and points in between and beyond, we often use the great outdoors as our classroom.