Geology Museum to Host Grand Reopening April 9

Posted on April 8th, 2015 by

Gustavus geology students exploring with the department's new stream table.

Gustavus geology students exploring with the department’s new stream table.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Geology Department will host a grand reopening of the College’s Chester Johnson Geology Museum from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The museum is located on the first floor (Room 122) of the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. The event is free and open to the public and families are encouraged to attend.

The museum will have many rocks, gems, and fossils on display. Museum guests will also have the opportunity to see and interact with the department’s new stream table that simulates river processes such as erosion and water velocity and trajectory. Geology-related snacks will be provided.

For more information about the Gustavus Geology Museum, contact Associate Professor and Chair of the Department, Julie Bartley, at 507-933-7307 or

Geology at Gustavus

The geology program at Gustavus emphasizes field and research experiences at all levels of the major. First-year courses provide an overview of the principles of geology and an outline of the history of the earth, while students gain basic skills in addressing geologic problems. Second-year courses are designed to deepen understanding of earth processes and to sharpen field, laboratory, and research skills. Third-year courses emphasize the development of critical thinking and communication skills within the context of the mechanisms of and evidence for earth processes. In the fourth year, students use their accumulated skills and knowledge to conduct a senior research project, under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a senior thesis.


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