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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. For example, geologists are concerned with dynamic and hazardous natural processes; present and historical records of global climate, environmental and geographic change; evolution of life on Earth; and the structure and composition of Earth. A major area for employment 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.
Geology at UD
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.
Academic ProgramsThe 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 study of geology can lead to a wide variety of careers relating to the study of the Earth's past and future. Many of our alumni continue their studies at the graduate level. 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.
Opportunities & ActivitiesGeology majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.
Research & ScholarshipThe research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment.
Faculty & StaffThe faculty and staff of the Department of Geology invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
Geology Making NewsFaculty 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.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Department of Geology
University of Dayton
Science Center Room 179
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2364