Geography and Geology

Normandale Community College


Geography is the study of the Earth. Uniquely positioned to integrate the traditions and methods of natural sciences and social sciences, geographers help interpret the complex relationships between people and their environment. In seeking to understand variations in those human/environment relationships, geographers also interpret patterns of social, economic, and political activity on the Earth. For geographers, maps are primary tools of analysis.

Courses in geography offered by Normandale's Geography and Geology Department fill a wide range of general education requirements in college degree programs and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (Goals 3,5,7,8, 9 and 10)


Geology is the science of the Earth. Geologists study the processes that operate in and on the Earth. They use their knowledge of geologic processes operating in today's environment as a basis for interpreting the history of the Earth, and apply that same knowledge while confronting significant environmental problems like pollution and resource availability. Professional geologists can be found working in a variety of private companies and public agencies on tasks related to environmental engineering, monitoring and protection, resource exploration and education.

Geology courses offered at Normandale can be used to fulfill Goals 3, 9 or 10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.