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Department of Geology
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.
Meet our faculty researchers who specialize in individual mentorship and advising.
Choose a major, minor, or five college certificate that explores the dynamic processes that shape our planet.
Collaborate with faculty on research projects in the lab and in the field.
Pursue a lifetime of adventure, purposeful engagement, and a profound appreciation of this amazing planet.
Join a community that extends beyond the college years.
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