The Geography and Geology Department, with five unlimited full-time and one temporary full-time faculty, is the largest such department in any of Minnesota's two-year colleges, and as such is able to offer a comprehensive set of introductory courses in the two disciplines. The faculty in the department is committed to the unique and valuable contribution each of these disciplines makes to a liberal arts education.
The mission of the Geography and Geology Department, in support of the mission of Normandale Community College, recognizes the department's responsibility to stand at the center of a strong liberal education for our students. Our emphasis on spatial perspective, regional synthesis, and scientific method cultivates critical thinking as students acquire, analyze and evaluate knowledge in a holistic context across social/cultural and natural systems. We are committed to providing both general and discipline-specific knowledge required to further students' education as they proceed to four-year college and graduate programs, as well as meeting the needs of life-long learners within our community.