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Welcome to the Department of Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Earth materials and processes, train students who will excel in the geoscience workforce, and create sustainable solutions to Earth-related societal needs.

Geological research provides an understanding of issues associated with the physical Earth and skills which are in demand in today’s job market. Courses in geology provide the background for careers in geology, STEM teaching, public policy, and environmental risk assessment, among others. The geology graduate will have a detailed understanding of climate change, the sustainability of the Earth’s resources and the close interplay between human activity and the environment.


Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


We would like to bring your attention to an exciting new course for Fall 2019:

Economic Geology (GLY 4930/6932), Fridays from 12:50 – 4:55 pm

This course is developed and co-taught by working geoscience professionals and facilitated by Dr. Anita Marshall. Course topics will include a range of geologic resources including phosphates, energy/oil, mineral sands, aggregates, environmental monitoring and remediation, and land management. Hands-on projects and field trips will give students an opportunity to gain experience in data interpretation, project management, creating professional presentations and more.  This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact with questions.