Paleontology - An Option of Study in the Geology Major

“At WIU, we take a specimen-based approach to learning about organisms and their evolution.”-- Thomas Hegna, Assistant Professor

Geology students.

Paleontology is the study of past life. The Paleontology option at WIU couples a solid geological education with biology to give students a sound foundation for pursuing a career in paleontology.

Possible Career Paths

Students who major in Geology - Paleontology are equipped to work in careers such as;

  • Paleontologist
  • Education
  • Geological Consultant
  • Museum Curator

The curriculum also prepares students for advanced graduate study.

Why Paleontology at WIU?

We are the ONLY undergraduate paleontology program in Illinois.

At A Glance

Degree Available: 

  • Bachelor of Science

Minor Available: Yes

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities: 

  • GradTrac
  • Honors


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