Department of Geology

Only one planet is known to sustain life. Understanding the Earth’s complex systems is essential not only to our continued way of life, but to our very survival.

At the heart of the geological sciences is the effort to know and understand our planet. From the atmosphere to the hydrosphere, from the lithosphere to the biosphere, we are dedicated to conducting meaningful research and offering an excellent education. Our excellent facilities, small classes, and accomplished faculty provide students with a solid foundation in the discipline and prepare them well for graduate school or careers in geology. We welcome all students into our classes, whether simply curious or motivated by a passion for science. We value diversity and believe that critical thinking and dialogue will best promote the wise stewardship of our planet.