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Welcome to the Department of Geology.

Geology is the study of the planet Earth and the processes that shape it through time. Geologists work and study in the lab and in the field - the natural world is their classroom. Exciting and relevant areas of research and study in the field of geology include, but are not limited to:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Global Climate Change 
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Energy Resources
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Paleobiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Glacial Geology and Geomorphology
  • Hydrogeology

We invite you to explore our academic programs, faculty and student research and other opportunities to learn more about the study of geology at the University of Dayton.

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Find the right academic program for you.

The Department of Geology offers majors in geology and environmental geology. We are a close-knit department with fully renovated lab and classroom facilities and diverse opportunities for collaboration with faculty both on-campus and in a wide variety of exciting field locales. In recent years students have accompanied faculty to places as diverse as Australia, China, Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, and various areas in the mountains of both the eastern and the western U.S. We also offer a summer field course in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado.


The Department of Geology stresses quality teaching for undergraduate students with an emphasis on preparation for further study of geology at the graduate level. Geology students are required to participate in a summer field course in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In addition to field work, upperclass students have many opportunities to work closely with faculty, through lab teaching and research assistant positions.

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The world is our workplace.

The study of geology can lead to a wide variety of careers relating to the study of the Earth’s past and future. A major career area in geology today is in the environmental arena. Other important areas include the discovery of new energy and/or mineral resources and the prediction, prevention and remediation of hazards related to the earth’s dynamic processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, flooding and beach erosion. Careers in the geoscience and environmental industries are projected to increase by 28% in the next decade.

Our graduates enter the workforce with very high levels of placement, often working with fellow UD geology and environmental geology alumni.

Half of our graduates continue on for their masters and/or doctorate degrees.

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Experiences that enhance learning.

Geology majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.
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Our research inspires us to learn.

The research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment.
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Get to know our faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Geology invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
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Geology making news.

Faculty and student research in the Department of Geology contributes to the education of our students. In addition, our faculty often lend their expertise to the media about regional, national and international geological events that affect and impact the daily lives of many.

We can answer your questions.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Geology
University of Dayton
Science Center Room 179
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2364

Phone: 937-229-3432
Fax: 937-229-2889