About Us

Students in a Geo Class

Department overview


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.

Mission statement


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.